Ohio State has a new head coach. Ohio State has a new quarterback. Ohio State is replacing three star wide receivers, two star defensive linemen, and a star running back. All of these new moving parts have led to the Ohio State Buckeyes being more than a touchdown underdogs to the Michigan Wolverines, nine months and 11 days before they square off on the field at Michigan Stadium in November.
According to online sports book betonline.ag, the Wolverines are currently slated in as 6.5-point favorites over OSU, despite the fact that TTUN doesn’t have a win in the football series since 2011, when new presumed Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields was in sixth grade.
Ryan Day’s team is a 6.5-point underdog despite the fact that they are coming off of a season in which they defeated their rivals 62-39, the most points that the Wolverines have ever given up in regulation of a football game.
The two-time defending Big Ten Champions are 6.5-point underdogs even though UM’s prodigal son head coach Jim Harbaugh has never beaten the Buckeyes in his four years at the helm of his alma mater.
Certainly, as we stand here in March, many, many things can change that would impact the game’s betting line, so it’s silly to get too worked up about this now. However, if you happen to be in a state that supports legalized sports gambling, it might not be a bad idea to make an investment in the Buckeyes and your own bank account.