Despite entering Week 13 with identical 11-0 records, oddsmakers at BetUS have Ohio State as a 7 ½ -point favorite in this matchup against the Michigan Wolverines next Saturday, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox.
The Wolverines have been tagged at +240 and the Buckeyes are at a –290 line. This means that if someone wants to make a bet on the Wolverines, they need to risk $100 to win $240, compared to a $290 bet on the local team to win a net profit of $100, plus the initial stake for both cases.
BetUS reports that Michigan has attracted 56.32% of bets on the money line and almost 62.44% of the dollar volume bets. Nevertheless, the Wolverines’ implied probability of winning the game is just 29.41% versus Ohio's’ 74.76% (added together, these numbers always exceed 100% due to the bookmakers’ margin).
Even though both teams have a blooming offense, most BetUS customers think that the game won't go over 56 points total. BetUS reported on Thursday that 61.22% of bets made so far and 69% of the total dollar volume were on the ‘under’ 56 points,
Barry Barger, a BetUS senior analyst seems to disagree with the public. “The Buckeyes are favored, but I'm not about to play the side in this emotional hate-fest matching the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams in the nation”. “The smart play is making a turkey sandwich, kick it on the couch, and fire away on over the total in a battle nobody should miss. This series has had eight straight games go over the total, and you can make that nine!”