The fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will look to take another step toward potentially reaching the four-team College Football Playoffs when they hit the road to take on Big Ten rival Michigan State on Saturday. Now, with the Spartans fresh off a huge upset that ruined one title-hopeful teams’ playoff chances, let’s find out if the Spartans can make it two in a row by upsetting the Buckeyes. Let’s get right to it so you can make your bets against their NCAAF odds.
College Football Odds and Predictions – No. 4 Ohio State at Michigan
Why Bet On No. 4 Ohio State
Ohio State had its Week 13 matchup against Illinois canceled last Saturday because of a COVID-19 outbreak among the players, coaches and support staff, including head coach Ryan Day.
Ohio State needs to play Saturday against Michigan State and Dec. 12 at home against Michigan to meet the minimum six games to be eligible for the conference title game and a shot at reaching the CFP.
“What I can say is that we are focused on preparing for Ohio State, because that’s what we can control,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. “And we don’t have any information that would tell us not to do that. So that’s where my focus is, and that’s where our focus has got to stay.”
Ohio State took out Indiana 42-35 on Nov. 21 in matchup of top 10 title contenders as Justin Fields passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns while Master Teague III ran for 169 yards and an additional two touchdowns. However, Fields tossed a trio of costly interceptions in the narrow win. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite.
Why Bet On Michigan State
Michigan State snapped a two-game losing streak by upsetting unbeaten and nationally-ranked Northwestern 29-20. Quarterback Rocky Lombardi passed for 167 yards and two touchdown while running back Connor Heyward rushed for 96 yards in the win. Michigan State recorded four sacks, two interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries in the win. The Spartans are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games in December, but just 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) Vs Michigan State Spartans (2-3) Game Info
- When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET
- Where: Spartan Stadium
- College Football Odds: Ohio State -23.5
- Total: 59.5
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I’ll get right to the point by saying that, after seeing both of these teams’ last contests, I just don’t see Ohio State covering the huge, 23.5-point spread. Ohio State really struggled against Indiana’s defense two weeks ago while Michigan State looked fantastic in shutting down a high-powered Northwestern squad.
While Ohio State has gone an impressive 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road dates against Michigan State, I believe the Buckeyes’ lack of games and time off in between contests is going to hurt them for the second straight week! The Buckeyes win, but Michigan State covers in a closer than expected finish!
Pick: Ohio State 31 Michigan State 21
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