FORT LAUDERDALE, Sporting Alert – Ohio State starts as a 2.5-point favourite against Michigan in this weekend’s college football Big Ten matchup at Michigan Stadium.
The No. 8 Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) head into this game needing to beat the Wolverines and hope Michigan State is upset by Penn State if they are to make the Big Ten championship game.
It is also important to note that the winner of the Ohio State and Michigan clash would win the East Division and advance to the Big Ten champion should Michigan State loses.
According to Oddshark, the defending national champion is the favourite to take care of their part on Saturday and add some pressure on the Spartans to win their battle with the Nittany Lions (7-4).
No. 12 Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP) is on a four-game winning streak, but has looked somewhat shaky over the last few weeks and could be vulnerable.
The Wolverines picked up an overtime 48-41 victory over Indiana before resisting the challenges of Penn State to secure a 28-16 last weekend, but none of those performances would lead one to believe they are a better team than Ohio State.
The Buckeyes, in the meantime, are coming off a disastrous performance against Michigan State on Saturday, which ended their undefeated record this season and snapped a 23 game winning streak overall.
In addition to that, they have internal problems after star running back Ezekiel Elliott openly questioned the coaching staff’s play calling during the 17-13 defeat the last time out.
There have also been suggestions that Elliott, although he posted an apology on his official Twitter account on Monday, could be benched by coach Urban Meyer for this game to send a strong statement to the rest of his teammates about keeping certain things in house.
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If Elliott plays, then Ohio State has a good chance of beating the current odds and top Michigan on the road.
However, should the running back missed out this coming weekend, then the Buckeyes could struggle to overcome the Wolverines, who also have eyes on the Big Ten championship title.