• The Ohio State Buckeyes are a 23.5-point favorite on the spread against the Michigan State Spartans. The total is set at 59.5 points.
  • Ohio State has a four-game winning streak against Michigan State.
  • The Buckeyes need to win to stay alive in the Big Ten.
  • Michigan State upset No. 11 Northwestern last week.

Ohio State (4-0) will look to get back on track after their game last week was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests. The Buckeyes are fourth in the College Football Playoff ranking despite the fact that they have only played four games so far.

Michigan State (2-3) is having a much tougher season so far, already racking up three double-digit losses to Rutgers, Iowa, and Indiana. With that said, they do have two impressive wins over Michigan and Northwestern this season.

Of course, the Buckeyes are a different animal and they will be motivated to put a beating on the Spartans with their National Championship hopes hanging in the balance.

Michigan State-Ohio State Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Ohio State -23.5 (-117) -2500 O 59.5 (-112)
Michigan State +23.5 (-105) +1050 U 59.5 (-109)

 

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Ohio State is currently a massive favorite to beat Michigan State on Saturday. The Buckeyes are -23.5 on the spread and -2500 on the moneyline over at DraftKings Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the total is set at 59.5 points.

Game Preview and Betting Angles

If Ohio State has to cancel another game due to COVID-19, they won’t play enough games to qualify for the Big Ten Championship Game. Although Ohio State’s chances at playing in the conference championship game are in jeopardy due to COVID-19 complications, they are still the class of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are undefeated for a reason.

Still, the 2020 college football season has been anything but normal and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Michigan State hang around with Ohio State. The Spartans will need to play their best game of the season to do that, but with Ohio State coming into this game after an off week, anything is possible. In fact, Michigan State proved that in its upset win over Northwestern last Saturday.

Michigan State Notes

Spartans quarterback Rocky Lombardi bounced back last week against Northwestern after a rough couple of games prior to that. The junior threw for two touchdowns against just one interception against the Wildcats last week. He also rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries, a season-high. Lombardi has thrown for as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions (8) this year.

The Michigan State ground game won’t strike fear into the hearts of the Ohio State defense either. Connor Heyward leads the team in carries (52) and yards (179), but he’s only averaging 3.4 yards per rush.

Jalen Nailor, Jayden Reed, and Ricky White are three big-play threat receivers, but the Michigan State offense has yet to really explode this year.

If they want to have any chance of beating the Buckeyes, Michigan State will need to get big contributions from the defense and special teams. The offense could definitely use some help.

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Ohio State Notes

Ohio State is absolutely loaded everywhere you look, but it all starts and ends with Justin Fields. The Heisman Trophy might be out of his reach simply due to a lack of games and an uneven performance against Indiana, but make no mistake about it, Fields is among the best players in the country.

Through four games, Fields is sporting a 79.6% completion percentage, 1,208 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Ohio State is hoping for a bounce-back game from Fields on Saturday. He threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns against Indiana in his last game, but he also threw three interceptions. Turning the ball over is a sure-fire way to let Michigan State hang around in this game.

If Fields can take care of the football, the Buckeyes will have no problem taking care of the Spartans.

Michigan State-Ohio State History

Ohio State leads the all-time series 33-15 and they have recent history on their side as well. The Buckeyes have won the last four games in this series by a combined 90 points. The Spartans have had no answer for their conference rival in recent years.

The last time Michigan State beat Ohio State was in 2015 when they held the Buckeyes to just 14 points. It’s hard to imagine Michigan State winning a shootout, so they will likely need to keep it a low-scoring game.

How To Watch Michigan State vs. Ohio State

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 5
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Spartan Stadium (East Lansing, Michigan)
  • TV: ABC

Betting Picks and Score Prediction

As much as we love a good upset, we have to go with the Buckeyes in this game. There is absolutely no value in Ohio State on the moneyline here and the total points could go either way.  Even without head coach Ryan Day on the sidelines, take Ohio State laying the points. The Buckeyes should play with a great deal of urgency, and it’s hard to figure the Spartans can rise up and play at a high level for a second straight week.

Score Prediction: Ohio State Wins 42-10

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