Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverines: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI

When: Saturday, November 30th at 12 pm EST

How (TV): FOX

Ohio State Buckeyes (Away)

Head Coach: Ryan Day {All-Time: 14-0 | OSU}

Regular Season Record: 11-0

After facing their first serious test of the season last week against Penn State, the top CFP-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will turn their attention to “The School Up North.” Leading the nation in both points scored and allowed, the men in Scarlet and Gray are in good shape as they head into their fifth Big Ten Championship game appearance. With their hated rival standing in their way of a perfect season, coach Ryan Day can be assured that his team will not be looking ahead to the B1G title game.

The Buckeyes survived a tough fight from Penn State, getting out to a 21-0 lead before coming out on top 28-17. Star running back J.K. Dobbins opened up the scoring with a pair of rushing touchdowns while finishing with 157 yards on the ground on 36 carries. Quarterback Justin Fields did not light up the box score but still helped his Heisman case by throwing for 188 yards and touchdowns to receivers K.J. Hill and Chris Olave. Fields and Dobbins were both responsible for Ohio State’s turnover issues, with Fields surrendering two of the duo’s three fumbles.

Star defensive end Chase Young did not miss a beat after missing time from his suspension, racking up three sacks and four tackles for losses as part of a nine total tackle performance. Junior linebacker Baron Browning returned from an injury to add 1.5 sacks to contribute to a strong overall defensive effort that limited the Nittany Lions to 227 total yards of offense. The Buckeyes also limited PSU to six third-down conversions on 15 tries, while also stopping the Lions on both of their fourth-down conversion attempts.

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Michigan Wolverines (Home)

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh {All-Time: 76-37 | STAN, MICH}

Regular Season Record: 9-2

The moment Jim Harbaugh was hired in 2015, many Michigan fans became optimistic that their rivalry with Ohio State would become less one-sided.

Fast forward four seasons with an 0-4 record against the Buckeyes, and now some of that optimism has faded.

Although Harbaugh has made Michigan a respectable program after forgettable seasons under Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez, not beating Ohio State leaves a sour taste in mouths within Ann Arbor.

With a Big Ten title out of reach, the Wolverines will look to play spoiler in Ohio State’s pursuit of a playoff berth.

Michigan enters this game on a four-game winning streak, coming off a 39-14 road win over Indiana last weekend.

The game was tight in the first half, with Michigan coming back from a 14-7 deficit. Senior quarterback Shea Patterson had a game to remember, throwing for 366 yards and five touchdowns, with Nico Collins hauling in three of those scores as part of a 165-yard outing.

Receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Ronnie Bell would also find the end zone.

Freshman safety Daxton Hill led the Wolverine defense with eight tackles, while also picking off Hoosiers quarterback Peyton Ramsey in the first quarter.

Senior linebacker Josh Uche strip-sacked Ramsey and recovered the resulting fumble. Defensive ends Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson also managed to register sacks.

Ohio State vs Michigan All-Time Series Rivalry

The rivalry as a whole appears to be evenly matched, as Ohio State holds a 51-47-4 lead over Michigan, in a series that dates back to 1904.

Recent history tells a different story, however, as the Wolverines have managed just two wins since the 2000 season, with the most recent coming in Ohio State’s lone season under Luke Fickell in 2011.

In the four games where Harbaugh has coached in this series, the Buckeyes have an average winning margin of 16.5 points.

Ohio State Roster Notes

Junior defensive tackle Haskell Garrett is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury.

Redshirt senior offensive tackle Joshua Alabi is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury that has kept him sidelined for several weeks.

Junior offensive guard Gavin Cupp is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury.

Sophomore defensive tackle Taron Vincent is listed as questionable with an arm injury.

Sophomore safety Josh Proctor is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury.

Redshirt freshman offensive guard Matthew Jones is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury.

Michigan Roster Notes

Junior safety Brad Hawkins is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury suffered during practice prior to the Indiana game.

Junior linebacker Josh Ross is planning on using his redshirt this season due to injuries, however, he is expected to be available against Ohio State if necessary.

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Head-to-Head: Jeff Okudah (OSU) vs Nico Collins (MICH)

With the Buckeyes possessing one of the best defensive units in the country, Michigan will need all the help they can get on offense if they have any hope of an upset.

One potential spark will be their leading receiver in Nico Collins, who will likely be matched up against one of the best corners in the nation in Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah.

Jeff Okudah

Cornerback | 6-1, 200lb | South Grand Prairie HS | Grand Prairie, TX | Junior

An experienced corner who saw action in every game as a true freshman, Jeff Okudah has not disappointed since arriving in Columbus as the top-ranked corner recruit in 2017.

The Texas native possesses the elite speed that prevents burners from outrunning him on vertical routes, along with a big frame that allows him to provided solid run support.

Additionally, he can operate in both zone and man-to-man coverages, making him harder to game plan against for opposing offensive coordinators.

Nico Collins

Wide Receiver | 6-4, 222lb | Clay-Chalkville HS | Birmingham, AL | Junior

After a quiet freshman campaign in 2017, Nico Collins has developed into an impact player for the Wolverines.

With a six-foot-four frame, Collins has been Shea Patterson’s favorite red-zone target the past two seasons, often boxing out opposing defensive backs for jump balls and. Even though he is far from a burner, he is able to gain separation from his lateral quickness on double moves in his intermediate routes.

Ohio State at Michigan Predictions and Odds

Find the latest odds for Ohio State vs Michigan below. The odds are provided by New Jersey sportsbooks bet365 NJ, DraftKings, and SugarHouse NJ.

Good luck! 

Money Line

SportsbookOhioMichigan
bet365 NJ-330+265
DraftKings-335+260
SugarHouse NJ-335+265

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