This Big Ten match in Week 12 has implications for the College Football Playoffs since the favored Ohio State Buckeyes are No. 2 ranked going on road to Michigan State. The Week 12 college football line favors the Buckeyes by more than two touchdowns. This East Lansing, Michigan game kicks-off from Spartan Stadium on Saturday, November 19th at Noon ET.
Ohio State is 9-1 after moving up to No. 2 in the College Football Rankings for the National Championship playoff system and are a respectable 6-4-0 against the spread. This down year for the Michigan State Spartans has been equally disappointing both straight up and against the spread sporting their 3-7-0 record for both in 2016.
Ohio State Vs Michigan State Line & Free Pick
Michigan State opened as a double digit home dog at +23.5 versus Ohio State. The week 12 college football betting spread has since dipped to 21.5.The total may have opened a little bit high at 61.5 for the over under betting line, but since it has bottomed out to 53.
What: No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1) at Michigan State Spartans (3-7)
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Where: East Lansing, MI
Stadium: Spartan Stadium
Spread: Ohio State -21.5
Moneyline: Buckeyes -1600
Game Total: 53
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Ohio State vs Michigan State
Bet on Ohio State -21.5 Because…
Ohio State sure looks like a different team these last 2 weeks after the Buckeyes showed no mercy to fellow Big Ten members Nebraska and Maryland beating them both 62-3 last week. That is fairly amazing in itself after beating Wisconsin by a touchdown, losing to Penn State by 3 and edging Northwestern by 4 points.
“November’s here and we have a big one coming,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.
This team is like a wrecking ball coming down on a peanut right now, and their National rankings in offense and defense are sick! The rushing offense is probably where they will expose the Spartans mostly, because they have the No. 10 rushing offense against the No. 56 rushing defense. That isn’t all of it, because they have an overall rank of 11th offensively and overall defensively at No. 4.
Bet on Michigan State +21.5 Because…
Did you see these 2 teams meet last year in Columbus, Ohio? This is one of those games where the Spartans took revenge on J.T. Barrett who scorched them in East Lansing just a year earlier with 300 yards passing, 86 yards rushing and 5 total TDs in a 49-37 win. Michigan State upset the cart, OSU, JT Barrett and everything with a 17-14 win last year and are looking to make their entire season with a repeat win!
The Spartans have covered the spread as an underdog in both games they fit that criteria this year, and this win is the ONLY thing that can salvage a less than satisfactory College Football year.
“We’ve come to play every single football game, so it’s unfortunate where we’re at,” said Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, a former Ohio State assistant. “But you can’t look past it. You can’t look backward here; you have to look to the future. Ohio State is a big game for us, for this program, and always has been. A lot of guys from Ohio, so it’s a special game in that respect.”
Ohio State vs Michigan State Free Pick
The last team ANYBODY wants to play right now is the Ohio State Buckeyes who seem to be trending toward their peak at the right time. The Buckeyes have a balanced attack on both sides of the line, and the Michigan State Spartans simply don’t have the tools, tricks or time to put up any fight here.
My money is on the Ohio State Buckeyes going to the College Football Playoffs, and right now I think they are the only College Football team that can give the Alabama Crimson Tide a run for their money.