Michigan vs Ohio State Odds: Betting Trends, Game Schedule, Expert Picks

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Key Takeaways:

  • Michigan defeated Ohio State 30-24 on Saturday, Nov. 25, covering the 3-point spread.
  • The Wolverines had a 59.9% chance to beat the Buckeyes based on implied probability from betting odds.
  • Odds for the 2024 edition of The Game are not yet available.

This year's installment of "The Game," also known as Michigan vs. Ohio State, had major Big Ten and College Football Playoff implications. All Ohio sports betting apps favored Michigan to win, and that was indeed the result as the Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes by six points.

Michigan vs Ohio State Spread & Odds: June 2024

The Michigan vs. Ohio State odds closed, with the Wolverines favored by 3 points over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Michigan ended up covering the spread, winning 30-24.

🏈 Michigan vs. Ohio State Final ScoreMichigan wins 30-24
💵 Did Ohio State cover the spread?No
📅 Next Michigan vs. Ohio State GameNov. 30, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio

ESPN BET Ohio listed the Wolverines as the favorite over the Buckeyes for the first time since 2018. It was also the first time since 2011 that the Wolverines were the home favorite for the rivalry contest.

Latest Ohio State Michigan Betting Updates

  • 📆 Nov. 25, 2023: The Michigan Wolverines defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 30-24.
  • 📆 Nov. 18, 2023: Both Ohio State and Michigan remain undefeated at 11-0. The Buckeyes defeated Minnesota 37-3 while the Wolverines beat Maryland 31-24.
  • 📆 Oct. 31, 2023: Ohio State surprisingly tops the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season at No. 1. Michigan comes in at No. 3.
  • 📆 Oct. 15, 2023: Michigan (No. 2 and 7-0) and Ohio State (No. 3 and 6-0) both continue as top-three teams in the AP Poll.
  • 📆 Sept. 16, 2023: Michigan and Ohio State moved to 3-0. Michigan beat Bowling Green 31-6, while the Buckeyes beat Western Kentucky 63-10.
  • 📆 Sept. 2, 2023: Both Michigan and Ohio State started the 2023 season 1-0. Michigan defeated East Carolina 30-3, while Ohio State earned a 23-3 win over Indiana.
  • 📆 July 30, 2023: While neither team will feel the effects until later, top cornerback recruit Aaron Scott Jr. commits to Ohio State over Michigan.
  • 📆 July 12, 2023: Pro Football Focus speculates whether Ohio State's playoff hopes will come down to the final game of the season vs. Michigan.
  • 📆 June 30, 2023: Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he feels Ohio State should take a different approach for their annual matchup against Michigan after losing two games in a row for the first time since 1999-2000.
  • 📆 June 27, 2023: Michigan vs Ohio State games will now be featured at Noon for the foreseeable future and  shown on FOX's "Big Noon Kickoff."
  • 📆 June 1, 2023: ESPN lists Ohio State as preseason No. 1 in ESPN's preseason Football Power Index. Michigan is ranked No. 6.
  • 📆 June 2023: DraftKings Sportsbook lists Ohio State QB Kyle McCoard at +2200 to win the Heisman Trophy, which is good for the 10th-best odds in the country. Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy and Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. are tied for the 12th-best Heisman odds (+2500). Michigan RB Blake Corum (+2800) and Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson (+3000) rank 16th and 17th, respectively, and have the best odds among running backs.
  • 📆 May 15, 2023: FOX announces a noon ET kickoff for the Nov. 25 contest.
  • 📆 April 27, 2022: Ohio State QB CJ Stroud was selected No. 2 overall by the Houston Texans in the 2023 NFL Draft. Stroud became the highest Ohio State quarterback ever selected (2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow completed his career at LSU) and the highest Buckeye taken since defensive end Nick Bosa went second overall in 2019.

How to Watch Ohio State vs. Michigan

This year's contest between Ohio State and Michigan was nationally televised, with the teams squaring off at noon ET for the 16th straight time. The 2020 contest was canceled as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Since 2017, the annual rivalry contest has aired on FOX. This year's contest got the network's "Big Noon Kickoff" designation with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft on the call. With about 17.1 million viewers last year, the rivalry contest in Columbus was the most watched college football game of the regular season.

How Much Are Tickets for Ohio State vs Michigan?

Tickets leading up to the game started around $400, with the most expensive seats coming in at over $2,000.

Historical Ohio State vs. Michigan Odds the Past 5 Years

Game DatePregame Odds
Nov. 26, 2022Ohio State -9
Nov. 27, 2021Ohio State -6.5
Nov. 30, 2019Ohio State -9
Nov. 24, 2018Michigan -3.5
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Betting on Michigan vs. Ohio State 2023-2024 College Football Season

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Popular Bets for Michigan Ohio State Games

  • Moneyline The moneylines in Ohio favored Michigan at -165 per ESPN BET. Ohio State was +140 to win straight up.
  • Props Several game props and player props existed for this game. Game props included first half winner/spread, highest scoring half and whether the game will go to overtime. Player props included passing, receiving and rushing yards props for multiple top players.
  • Totals (Over/Under) The total was set at 46.5 points. The line was -105 for Over 46.5 and -115 for Under 46.5.
  • Futures A popular proposition was betting on the national championship winner. Ohio State was listed at +550 prior to the game, according to ESPN BET -- the third-shortest odds. At +260, Michigan had the second-shortest odds. Ohio State (+130) and Michigan (-165) were also the two teams most likely to win the Big Ten before the game.

Ohio State and Michigan Rankings

Prior to Week 12, Ohio State sat at No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, while Michigan was ranked No. 3. Those rankings will change after Michigan defeated Ohio State – Michigan will rise in the rankings, while Ohio State will fall.

2023-24 Ohio State vs. Michigan Result

As expected, it was a close matchup that came down to the wire. Michigan led by four points at the half and led by 10 in the second half, but Ohio State made things close after a 14-yard touchdown to receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. with eight minutes to go in the game.

After that Buckeyes touchdown, Michigan scored a field goal, going up six points. With just one minute left in the game, Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord began to drive down the field, but ultimately threw an interception to Michigan defensive back Rod Moore to end the game. Michigan won 30-24.

Where to Bet on Michigan vs. OSU

A spread existed for the pivotal Big Ten rivalry contest at several sportsbooks. In the Wolverine and Buckeye states, BetMGM Ohio is one of the leading operators where many placed bets on this game. Sports betting is legal in both states for those 21 and older.

Ohio State vs. Michigan Rivalry: History and Team Facts

This year's contest between Michigan and Ohio State was the 119th installment of the rivalry. The teams first met in 1897 and played in every season from 1918 through 2019. The streak ended when the 2020 contest was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Before the 2023 season, Michigan held the edge 60-51-6 all-time. The Buckeyes actually have 52 wins against the maze and blue, but a 37-7 victory in 2010 under Jim Tressel was later vacated. Michigan has won the last two and holds the edge historically. Michigan holds the longest winning streak in the rivalry, claiming nine straight wins from 1901 to 1909. The Wolverines went 13-0-2 in the first 15 meetings before the Buckeyes broke through with a 13-3 victory in 1919.

Although top-five matchups have become commonplace again, some might argue that the height of the rivalry was from 1969 to 1978 when legendary coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler engaged in the "Ten Year War." Schembechler led the Wolverines to a 5-4-1 record against his former boss. Schembechler was an assistant under Hayes at Ohio State at 1951 and then again from 1958 to 1962. Although Michigan has won the last two in the series, the Buckeyes have held the upper hand in recent years, winning 17 of the last 21 meetings.

Ohio State Coaches and Top Team Players

Ryan Day is in his fifth full season as head coach at Ohio State. If you look at previous seasons and the Ohio State depth chart, you will see Day holds a remarkable 45-6 career record with just three losses in the regular season. Unfortunately for Day, two of three came to Michigan. Under Day, Ohio State has finished in the top six in the final AP Poll each year with two Big Ten titles.

Quarterback C.J. Stroud is off to the NFL, but Ohio State has some of the best skill players in the country. Many believe that had Marvin Harrison Jr. not been injured in last season's 42-41 Peach Bowl loss to Georgia, it would have been the Buckeyes hoisting the national championship trophy. After finishing with nearly 1,300 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns last season, Harrison had the best Heisman odds of any non-quarterback coming into the season according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Ohio State player with the best preseason Heisman Trophy odds was Stroud's successor, Kyle McCord. Despite throwing just 20 passes last season, McCord was listed at +2200 to win the Heisman Trophy.

DraftKings listed running back TreVeyon Henderson at +3000 prior to the season. After a monster freshman year, Henderson rushed for 571 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore before going down with a late-season injury.

Although the Heisman hype isn't as great, wide receiver Emeka Egbuka is another player to watch this season. On the defensive side of the ball, lineman J.T. Tuimoloau and linebacker Tommy Eichenberg are two of the best in the country. Eichenberg led the Buckeyes with 120 tackles last season.

Michigan Coaches and Top Team Players

After previous stops at San Diego, Stanford and with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, a former Michigan and NFL quarterback, is in his ninth season as head man of the Wolverines. The reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year, Harbaugh has a 74-25 record with three AP top-10 finishes. Although he has won consecutive contests, the rival Buckeyes have been his bugaboo. Harbaugh is just 2-5 against Ohio State.

Quarterback J.J. McCarthy had the third-best Heisman odds. In his first season as a starter, McCarthy accounted for 27 total touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Coming off a late-season injury, Blake Corum was a first-team All-American last season, rushing for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 12 games. Corum finished seventh last season in the Heisman voting.

Fellow running back Donovan Edwards is also extremely talented for Michigan. Edwards finished nine yards shy of 1,000 last year and racked up 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-23 win over Ohio State.

Offensive lineman Drake Nugent and Zak Zinter are two of the best in the country. In Michigan's last two wins over Ohio State, the Wolverines have averaged just shy of 275 yards rushing.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Junior Colson is one of the best in the country. Colson led the Wolverines with 101 total tackles as a sophomore last season.

Top 7 Games Between Ohio State vs. Michigan

  • 🏈 (1) Ohio State 12, (12) Michigan 24 - Nov. 22, 1969: In the first season for Michigan under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler, the Wolverines began the "Ten Year War" by stunning the No. 1 Buckeyes to steal a Rose Bowl berth and end Ohio State's national championship hopes with a 24-12 victory. Garvie Craw rushed for two touchdowns in the victory while the Michigan defense came away with six interceptions.
  • 🏈 (2) Michigan 10, (3) Ohio State 12 - Nov. 23, 1974: With the Big Ten title on the line, Ohio State used four second-half field goals from Tom Klaban to erase a 10-point deficit and top Michigan for a trip to Pasadena. With 18 seconds left, Michigan's Mike Lantry missed a 33-yard field goal to the left to give the Buckeyes the hard-fought victory in Columbus.
  • 🏈 (6) Michigan 26, (7) Ohio State 24 - Nov. 22, 1986: Again with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, Michigan overcame an early 14-3 deficit to claim the Big Ten crown. Jamie Morris rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolverines. Ohio State's Matt Fratz missed a 45-yard field goal with a minute to play that would have given the Buckeyes the lead.
  • 🏈 (5) Ohio State 0, Michigan 28 - Nov. 20, 1993: The 1993 season was regarded as one of the worst in a long time for Michigan, but the regular season had a happy ending as the Wolverines blanked Ohio State to thwart the Buckeyes' Rose Bowl bid. Todd Collins passed for two touchdowns while the Michigan defense forced four turnovers and held Ohio State to just 212 yards of offense.
  • 🏈 (2) Michigan 39, (1) Ohio State 42 - Nov. 18, 2006: In a matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 and a de facto national semifinal, Ohio State clinched the Big Ten championship by holding off Michigan in a shootout. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith sealed the deal on his Heisman Trophy bid with 316 yards passing and four touchdowns in the highest-scoring game between the schools in 104 years.
  • 🏈 (3) Michigan 27, (2) Ohio State 30 (double overtime) - Nov. 26, 2016: With a berth in the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff hanging in the balance, Ohio State outlasted Michigan in the first game between the schools to go into overtime. After a controversial spot and fourth-down conversion kept Ohio State alive in the second overtime, Curtis Samuel scored from 15 yards out to end the contest.
  • 🏈 (2) Ohio State 27, (5) Michigan 42 - Nov. 27, 2021: After dropping eight straight matchups to Ohio State, the Wolverines ended the longest winning streak by the Buckeyes in the rivalry's history by rushing for 297 yards. Hassan Haskins rushed for 169 yards in the victory and a rivalry-record five touchdowns.

Ohio State vs. Michigan Accomplishments (prior to 2023 season)

AchievementOhio StateMichiganTotal
National Titles8 (1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014)11 (1901-04, 1918, 1923, 1932-33, 1947-48, 1997)19
CFP Appearances5 (2014, 2016, 2019-20, 2022)2 (2021-22)7
Bowl Appearances55 (27-28)50 (21-29)105
Rose Bowl Appearances16 (9-7)20 (8-12)36
Rose Bowl Wins9817
Big Ten Divisional Titles6 (2013-14, 2017-20)2 (2021-22)8
Big Ten Titles40 (24 outright)44 (18 outright)84
Heisman Trophies7 (Les Horvath 1944, Vic Janowicz 1950, Howard Cassady 1955, Archie Griffin 1974-75, Eddie George 1995, Troy Smith 2006)3 (Tom Harmon 1940, Desmond Howard 1991, Charles Woodson 1997)10
All-Time Win Percentage953-331-53 (.733)989-353-36 (.731)1,942-684-89 (.732)
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