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Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 10:24 a.m.

Underdog Ohio State has 5 losses entering Michigan game, and that's not a good sign for the Buckeyes

By Staff


Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes were tripped up by Penn State.

Associated Press

Ohio State is 7.5-point underdog in early betting lines in its upcoming game against the Michigan football team, and that's an unusual situation, The Cleveland Plain Dealer points out.

Michigan has been favored three times against Ohio State since 2001 in its annual rivalry game and won just one of those games — beating Ohio State 35-21 in 2003 after entering the game a 7-point favorite.

Another stat of note from the Plain Dealer: Ohio State is 6-5 overall (3-4 Big Ten), just the fifth time in the history of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry the Buckeyes enter the game with that many losses. And the Buckeyes are 0-4 in those games, the most recent coming in 1999 when Michigan beat Ohio State, 24-17.

The Buckeyes enter the game at Michigan (Noon, ABC/ESPN) 1-3 on the road this season. They have lost two consecutive games, the most recent a 20-14 loss at home to Penn State.



Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 6:36 p.m.

The rivalry is shifting back toward Michigan now. Michigan will win by more than 8 points on Saturday, mainly because Mattison's defense will throw much more at TSIO's freshman QB than he'll be able to take. And as good as Ohio's defense is, they're going to be worn down by our offense which will be on the field longer than their's. Ohio has taken advantage of a coaching advantage since 2001, and then a big talent disparity in the last 3 years. But, no more. In Hoke we trust. Go Blue!

Mike Bush

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 6:11 p.m.

My prediction is that the michigan defense will be too much for that struggling ohio offense.and the offense keeps on track like the nebraska game.michigan 35-ohio3.go blue sorry howard the duck but your buckeyes are going down.

Howard the Duck

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:11 p.m.

My guess is that Ohio comes in extremely motivated. With sanctions likely soon and the immediate future dim, they play the game of the season against Michigan and deny Blue the opportunity to play in a BCS game!


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:04 p.m.

I can imagine Hoke -- "Doesn't matter what their record is or our record ... this is THE game ... both teams are going to bring their all ... so you better be ready to play on Saturday because I'm sure they will be." One of Hoke's (many) skills is his ability to keep his team grounded and focused. Stats, rankings, records ... meh ... all that matters is the next game.


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 4:37 p.m.

Right where Ohio belongs, beneath sports and geography!! Go Blue!!!