Ohio State opens as seven-point favorites over Michigan
In the latest College Football Playoff rankings (which will be updated again tomorrow), Ohio State is ranked No. 2 while Michigan entered the week at No. 3.
Both of these heavyweights won close games, but neither came out looking like an indestructible force. With that, the Buckeyes will be at home to the Wolverines next week and are favored.
Ohio State opens up a 7 point favorite over Michigan.
— Phil Steele (@philsteele042) November 20, 2016
Make what you will of the opening line, but again, Ohio State is the higher-ranked team, will be at home and Michigan could be starting its backup quarterback, John O’Korn again. In his first career start yesterday against Indiana, the junior transfer from Houston completed 7-of-16 passes for 59 yards – not exactly convincing.
The Wolverines ran the ball 50 times to counter its ineffective passing game and did so successfully, amassing 225 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. If they can run it against the Buckeyes, the seven-point spread could prove to be too much.
Against Michigan State yesterday, Ohio State gave up a career-high in rushing yards to L.J. Scott – 19 carries for 160 yards – proving to be susceptible to strong rushing attacks. If J.T. Barrett struggles to throw the ball against Michigan, which could very well be the case (10-of-22 for 86 yards against the Spartans), this could be a three yards and a cloud of dust type of football game.
No matter what happens, a spot in the College Football Playoff seems to likely be on the line. The committee has made that clear to this point.
Saturday may have just ended, but can we just fast forward to next Saturday already?