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The game of the week for Week 13 of the College Football season is, undoubtedly, no questions asked, Michigan at Ohio State.
These teams are ranked No. 3 and No. 2, respectively. It begs the question: What happens to the team that loses this? Do they hang on to the No. 4 spot while TCU moves up if they win again?
This Big Ten matchup is always an exciting one.
Who comes out on top? Let’s find out.
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In Week 12 against Illinois, Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum suffered a knee injury, leaving his playing status in doubt. However, Corum has come out and said he expects to be out there, so we’ll make this pick based on Corum’s playing.
Of course, you have to assume he’ll be his typical self, easily the best running back in the country. He has 1,455 yards on 246 carries and has 18 touchdowns.
If Corum plays, this puts the Wolverines in a perfect spot to cover the spread and beat Ohio State outright.
Their running game will keep the Ohio State offense off the field. Additionally, they have a physical enough defense to match up with Ohio State receivers Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, and Julian Fleming.
With Corum playing like his typical self, the Wolverines can move the ball on the ground and keep the ball out of the hands of Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud.
Where it gets dicey for Michigan is needing to come back if down double digits—their passing attack cannot contend with Ohio State.
Look for Corum to lead the Wolverines to a cover here.
With Corum in the lineup, the Wolverines, as mentioned, will want to run the ball well and extend drives. This, mixed with Ohio State looking to pass with their excellent receivers, doesn’t necessarily bode well for the over.
Should Corum not be full strength, we also can’t rely on most of the Michigan backup running backs or J.J. McCarthy throwing the football against Ohio State on the road.
Michigan will look to control the flow of this game. Based on our prediction for the spread, they will likely be. Ohio State will likely squeak out this win, but it’ll be close, with both teams scoring in the 20s.
The Ohio State Buckeyes punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff with a 28-24 win over Michigan.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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