Just days before their high-profile rivalry, No. 2 Ohio State is a 7.5-point favorite over No. 3 Michigan.

Throughout the season, bookmakers offer an expanded range of popular games that arouse great interest in betting. Every week, based on recent performances and other events such as injuries, the bookies adjust the odds.

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“At neutral ground, we have this game around Ohio State as a 4.5-point favorite, so we’re giving the Buckeyes about an extra three-point lead per game in Columbus,” Caesars Sportsbook lead football trader Joey Feasel said. Sportzshala. “The spread will be heavily dependent on the status of (Blake) Corum over the course of the week.”

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The junior running back left Saturday’s game in the second quarter with a left knee injury and only returned for one hit in the second half. There is no official word on his status as of Saturday, but the Heisman contender is the third favorite at 12-1 odds and leads the Wolverines in tries (245), yards (1,457) and touchdowns (17).

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Both of these undefeated teams avoided last weekend’s upset bids as big favorites. The Wolverines (-17.5) trailed Illinois in the fourth quarter, but scored the game-winning field goal in the closing seconds. The Buckeyes (-27.5) trailed Maryland at halftime but dominated the third quarter and held onto the win.

This weekend’s winner will take the East Big Ten and move on to the conference championship game, where he will be a significant favorite over the eventual Big Ten West champion (Iowa, Purdue or Minnesota) and improve his chances of making the college football playoffs. .

“This game should attract a lot of action,” Feasel said. “Both of these teams have attracted the attention of the players throughout the year, so it will be interesting to see which way they lean.”

Last year’s meeting was characterized by a very similar scenario, with both teams finishing in the top five, with the winner eventually taking the conference title and a spot in the CFP. The Wolverines upset the Buckeyes, who snapped a six-string losing streak to Ohio State since Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach at his alma mater. It was also Buckeyes coach Ryan Day’s first loss in the conference.

Ohio State (+210) currently has the second shortest chance of winning a national championship, and Michigan (+800) is listed as the third favorite in the Caesars. Georgia No. 1 (-130) is currently the favorite in terms of winning odds.