College football odds Week 13: 3 reasons to bet on Ohio State to beat Michigan

It’s rivalry week in college football, and no game has more historical and current significance than No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State. The two will face off in the 118th edition of “The Game” at noon ET Saturday on FOX and the FOX Sports app.

Both teams enter undefeated for the first time since 2006, and the winner will clinch a spot in the Big Ten championship game. More importantly, the winner will have an inside track on the College Football Playoff.

The Buckeyes and their fans will also have revenge on their minds in Columbus after Michigan snapped Ohio State’s eight-year rivalry winning streak in Ann Arbor last season.

Can Ohio State avenge last season’s loss and seal a possible Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback CJ Stroud? FOX Sports betting analyst Sam Panayotovich thinks so, and he has three reasons why you should be betting on the Buckeyes this weekend.

Let’s dive in, with odds via FOX Bet.


Michigan Wolverines



Ohio State Buckeyes


1. Core Blake it’s sunken

Michigan’s top offensive player left Saturday’s game against Illinois with an apparent knee injury. As the star running back returned, he rushed one more time for five yards and then went out for good.

It’s impossible to know Corum’s true status — college coaches sit on these things all the time — but there’s no way he’s anywhere near 100%. Corum headlines a very strong running attack that is the foundation of everything the Wolverines do offensively. Everything becomes more difficult with him injured.

Even if Corum does play, I wouldn’t expect much from him, which is a huge blow to the Wolverines’ hopes.

Ohio State and Michigan 11-0 heading into ‘The Game’

Ohio State and Michigan 11-0 heading into 'The Game'

Joel Klatt discusses the state of Michigan RB Blake Corum heading into “The Game” and why Ohio State may have an edge.

2. Ohio State has two future NFL stars at wide receiver

Jaxon Smith-Njigba probably isn’t walking through that door. The star hasn’t played since the Buckeyes faced Iowa on Oct. 22, and I don’t imagine he’ll be in the lineup for “The Game” this weekend.

But fellow Ohio State receivers Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka, are matchup nightmares for any secondary. It also helps that the best quarterback in college football, Stroud, throws them the ball. My FOX Sports teammate Joel Klatt feels strongly about Harrison’s ability and potential.

This one could get ugly if Stroud and this offense take an early lead.

3. The Buckeyes have been waiting for this game all season

Michigan knocked Ohio State out of last year’s College Football Playoff spot in one of the most surprising upsets of the entire season.

Coach Ryan Day and his staff have had a full calendar year to cook it up, and you know this date has been marked on the team’s calendar since spring ball. A year ago, Michigan dominated the line of scrimmage on both ends, but this year’s Wolverines team isn’t as physical. A repeat of last season is highly unlikely, especially with the Buckeyes playing this one at home and salivating for a chance to avenge last year’s loss.

I refuse to overthink it.

TO PICK UP: Ohio State (-8 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 8 points


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