This is a Free #NCAAF play on the Ohio State #Buckeyes.
I bet against the Buckeyes last week, and here is what I had to say prior to their loss to the Spartans: "The Ohio State Buckeyes are the defending champs, and they come into this Saturday's game against rivals Michigan State with a perfect 10-0 record. So why should we doubt the Buckeyes? Well, they still haven't have played anybody, and their results against inferior opposition haven't been all that encouraging. Their last home game was a 28-14 win over Minnesota, and yet they are being asked to cover an even greater number here against the 9-1 Spartans."
I'm not ready to write the Buckeyes off just yet though, and I think the bookmakers have overreacted by making them an underdog here in Michigan. Keep in mind that this team beat Wisconsin 59-0 in last year's BIG10 Championship Game, and then went on to lay a beating on Alabama and Oregon to win the national championship.
Ezekiel Elliot only carried the ball 12 times last week, and as it turns out that was probably an error in judgement on the part of Urban Meyer. The Heisman candidate was openly critical of his coach after the game, but Meyer has since defused the situation by agreeing with Elliot's sentiment. The Buckeyes will likely put more emphasis on establishing the run here this week in Ann Arbor.
The Buckeyes have won nine of the last 10 meetings between these two rivals, and they've covered the spread in seven of those games. Michigan has been impressive winning nine of their 11 games so far, but only three of those 11 opponents are currently ranked, and they lost two of those games. While I wouldn't be surprised to see a close game, I just don't think Michigan has any business being favored.