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Michigan opens as two-score underdog at home against Ohio State

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The Wolverines haven’t been great as an underdog.

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Despite the Michigan Wolverines’ offense hitting its stride at the right time and the defense locking in, the Vegas oddsmakers are still not confident in Michigan’s chances against Ohio State this Saturday.

CircaSports opened the Buckeyes as a 10-point favorite at the Big House, with the over/under set at 54. The line quickly moved to 9.5. If this game is anything like the previous couple meetings and these two offenses continue to put up huge numbers, I would put my money on the over.

The first two games against Ohio State at the Big House under Jim Harbaugh haven’t been that close. The 2015 game was a four-point game at halftime, but the Buckeyes came out of the second half and outscored Michigan 28-3, eventually winning 42-13. The 2017 game...well, let’s just erase that season from our memories altogether.

The spread shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as Ohio State has looked dominant in pretty much every game this season. They let Penn State make a small comeback this past week due to fumbles in their own territory, but the Buckeyes haven’t shown many flaws overall this season, even with having to break in a new head coach and transfer quarterback.

I don’t expect this line to shift too much. Michigan is usually one of the most bet on teams in the country, so the line may shift a bit in favor of the home team, but I believe people are more confident in Ohio State at this point than the Wolverines.

Michigan and Ohio State will do battle on FOX at noon.