Vegas opens with us as favorites at Sparty

Submitted by superstringer on May 13th, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Vegas just posted odds on the top CFB games of the year, plus the opening weekend.  One of the games is in EL:  We are -2 @ MSU.

http://espn.go.com/chalk/story/_/id/15532945/alabama-crimson-tide-oklah…

B1G generally not getting love in these big games, although not a surprise.  LSU favored at Lambeau over the Badgers; and OSU a dog to Oklahoma, but considering how the Buckeyes have to reload, you'd expect that.

I get the feelnig these early lines are for the public, and the heavy money won't come in until closer to the season?  Like, what if some team's coach mocks his first-week (and vastly superior) opponent on Twitter.... not that that ever happens.

Comments

Truthbtold

May 14th, 2016 at 7:26 AM ^

Michigan has a ton of guys coming back, having lost very few to graduations and the NFL Draft. On the other hand OSU has only 3 guys returning, only 3 starters!! That means 19 players have somewhere between little to Zero playing time. Mostly Zero !
BUT, all the professionals in Vegas, folks that do not have the influence of being a fan or homer, these pro's believe that OSU will beat UM by almost a touchdown. Now think about that....
What that says is that's they believe that Urban Meyer with a bunch of inexperienced freshman and sophomores is a far better bet to win than Jim Harbaugh with a bunch of experienced Jr's and Seniors. You can make all the excuses you want, But this is what it clearly shows.
URBAN MEYER on his worst day >>> Jim Harbaugh on his best day.

I guess that's what a 42-13 ass raping in your own house with your whole family watching will get you from the professional oddsmakers.

CW97

May 14th, 2016 at 8:21 AM ^

Fella don't you get tired of trolling every mention of OSU. You must have some great life to have nothing better to do than wait on a rivals blog for any mention of your team and then quickly try to slam your rival....unsuccessfully by the way. Oh well to each their own but enjoy the meatloaf you mom made you last night from the windowless basement of her house.

Mabel Pines

May 14th, 2016 at 7:55 AM ^

That's crazy talk.  first 7 games.  jeesh.  LOL.  

Hey, easy money for them.  They could have started that January 1 and had bets.  January 1st.  Good times.  Good times.

FatGuyTouchdown

May 14th, 2016 at 11:24 AM ^

it was an incredibly smart move. On the day of the game, you had a home team favored by 13.5 against their biggest rival in the biggest game of the season. I still believe that if OSU beat Sparty, we would have beaten them. They were the most talented team I've ever seen maybe outside of 2005 with USC-Texas. 

SpikeFan2016

May 14th, 2016 at 1:50 PM ^

I think we will probably win too, but I really don't see anyway in which we blow them out. If anything, I think we could shut them out (or at least 7 points or less), but I highly doubt our offense will be able to put up a ton of points on them, especially in a road environment. 

In terms of the two teams, I anticipate both MSU's defense and Michigan's offense staying relatively steady this year, maybe slight improvements from both (our run offense should be a little bit better, their pass defense should be a little bit better). This means MSU's defense, while not at their elite level of 2012-2013, will still be very solid and I do not think Michigan's offense will be elite. We only scored 23 on them last year, and that was at home, so I really don't think our offense will get more than 27/28 points. 

 

The reason we should beat them will be on the other side of the field, as our defense stands to get even better while their offense should take a big hit. Some defensive or special teams points could also be crucial. 

M Go Dead

May 13th, 2016 at 10:51 PM ^

I take that as Vegas seeing us a touchdown favorite on a neutral field. Take three points away for home field, one for a rivalry game being closer, and one for the chip on the shoulder of all the sparties out there looking to buy couches just in case they win, or lose, or tie, or the game gets cancelled.

Muttley

May 14th, 2016 at 3:53 PM ^

each holding up a Bic lighter.  When they happen upon an unguarded couch, up in flames it goes.

It's considered to be like guard duty for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, only with a heap of disrespekt.

Ray

May 14th, 2016 at 1:49 PM ^

XTra, I'm incarcerated in EL today too. Haven't been here in probably 30 years.

It's even more sad and dilapidated than I remember it, though when I came up here for parties and such back then I was paying attention to something other than the condition of the neighborhoods, so maybe it hasn't changed that much. I will concede that for the most part they have a pretty campus (the eyesore-of-a-stadium being a jarring exception) but surprisingly large parts of the commercial district around campus look like Dresden, 1945.

I'm the guy wearing Michigan stuff, BTW, so if you see me I'll buy you that beer.

xtramelanin

May 14th, 2016 at 5:37 PM ^

was at the lugnuts game last night with a big group, and i was wearing a michigan sweat shirt.  one of the kids that works in the stadium came up and pointed to it and said (pretty good naturedly), 'hey, you've got a mess on the front of that shirt'.   i told him i was sorry about his SAT scores.  he had no come back for that one. 

but most definitely, a beer with you and all manner of other mgobloggers if/when we are in the same space.   

Perkis-Size Me

May 14th, 2016 at 10:14 AM ^

Except the game isn't being played today. It's being played seven months from now, when their crop of inexperienced 4-5 star talent will all be primed and ready to go.

It's being played in Columbus, where we haven't won in over 15 years. It's no surprise at all that we're underdogs. We probably deserve to be an underdog any time we play them until we actually find a way to beat them.

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