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Ohio State opens as 9-point favorites vs Wisconsin

And some books have seen the line move to 10 (or more) already.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes’ toughest task to date may be upon them.

As any grad of the 2000s — or any long time Buckeye football fan can attest — regardless of how good the Wisconsin Badgers are, going to Madison at night and getting a win is never a routine chore.

Coming off a bye week — and a tough, close lose to Michigan before that — Paul Chryst and the Badgers play host to the Buckeyes this coming Saturday. But a number of smaller books in Vegas like OSU’s chances.

Though initial lines typically don’t see the light of day until later on Sunday, bright and early the Vegas Insiders’ consensus of less prominent books pegged the Buckeyes as nine-point road favorites. Some of those books’ saw action on the Buckeyes cause the line to rise quickly to as high as 10.5.

While the line is probably in no way indicative of the task head of OSU, after an up and down showing against what Urban Meyer called the best defense the Bucks had faced in 2016 in Indiana, the margin for error will remain small. If the Buckeyes can head into Camp Randall -- where College GameDay will be this week — OSU can continue on their quest for a potential return to the College Football Playoff.