Opening Line: OSU by 13

Submitted by ChalmersE on November 24th, 2013 at 11:38 AM
I'm surprised it's that low. Bet it goes up at least a couple.



November 24th, 2013 at 12:02 PM ^

I could be wrong, but I believe the last time this happened was - strangely enough - the OSU game in 2009, where we were 12-point underdogs. In that year and the years around it, we were often considerable underdogs in road games, it seemed, but rarely at home. 


November 24th, 2013 at 11:46 AM ^

I'll be laying the points and taking Ohio. D will keep it respectable in the first half but will start to cave in the 2nd from exhaustion. Ohio wins by at least 3 TDs.


November 24th, 2013 at 11:50 AM ^

Hopefully it's a total shit storm outside with a snow/rain mix.  While they clearly run the ball much better than us, we have the better defense and can maybe get a couple fumbles.

I just don't see how this is close.  We won the turnover battle against Iowa 4-1, and they had another missed FG on top of that.  We probably need like 6 OSU turnovers to have a shot in this one.

Perkis-Size Me

November 24th, 2013 at 12:01 PM ^

If we keep to under 13, that's a victory in and of itself.

Unless Hyde and Miller both somehow manage to get suspended between now and Saturday, expect OSU to cover and then some.


November 24th, 2013 at 12:16 PM ^

keep one thing in mind. Michigan is coached by Brady Hoke and has Borges as its OC and doing the offensive game planning. Do you need to know anymore?

Bobby Boucher

November 24th, 2013 at 1:07 PM ^

The margin is going to be a lot more than 13.  Remember, Urban is trying to win style points and will go for two every time if he thinks it help him get into the BCS championship game.  I'm predicting 45-10 OSU.


November 24th, 2013 at 1:57 PM ^

Depends on how we rally around the seniors. Either we keep it close and lose with a moral victory or all hell breaks lose and we get smoked.

Devin's mental state says "smoked" but Miller isn't a sure thing as he hasn't played a real game since Iowa.


November 24th, 2013 at 2:45 PM ^

Everything hinges on the offense.  The defense alone can keep us in any game until the 3rd or 4th quarter but if the offense isn't scoring then a defensive collapse is inevitable. The thing is, I am not sure the offense can score any points against Ohio without a turnover deep in their territory.

Unless Borges has a sudden offensive epiphany and the O line starts blocking even at an average level this one is going to get ugly. I imagine Ohio will put up at least 42 points - with at least 28 of those points coming in the second half.


November 24th, 2013 at 3:11 PM ^

That's about what I expected, the lines appear to mirror Sagarain's rankings exactly.

OSU Rating: 91.76

Michigan Rating: 75.32

91.76 - 74.32 = 16.44, rounded down that's OSU by 16.

Then they typically throw in 3 points for the home team, which would trim it down to 13.

None of this is entirely relevant though, the game will probably be close at the half but I think OSU wins by 28.  Our offense will stall and keep the defense on the field, which will be gassed from their offense.