Last Updated on December 3, 2020

  • Ohio State is -23.5 on the spread against Michigan State this weekend. The total is set to 59 points.
  • Michigan online sports betting is set to launch soon. DraftKings and FanDuel are already opening up pre-registration.
  • Ohio State coach Ryan Day will miss Saturday’s game due to the fact that he won’t clear COVID-19 protocol in time to travel with the team.
  • Michigan State is coming into this game off of an upset win over No. 11 Northwestern.


No. 4 Ohio State has had an unlucky season so far. Even though they are undefeated and currently in the College Football Playoff, there is a scenario where they could miss the Big Ten Championship Game. If they have another game cancelled due to COVID-19, they won’t have enough games to qualify.

Thankfully, it looks like their game against Michigan State will happen this weekend. Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day won’t be there, but the game will be played on Saturday.


Ohio State vs. Michigan State Odds

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Ohio State is heavily favored on the spread (-23.5) and moneyline (-1667) against Michigan State. Although there isn’t much value on the moneyline for the Buckeyes, the Spartans are +1200. If you think they are going to pull off the upset, there is plenty of money to be made there. The total is set to 59 points, but there is some slight variation from sportsbook to sportsbook.


Michigan Online Sports Betting

There are big things coming for Michigan online sports betting. The state legalized online sports betting in late 2019 and although it has yet to launch, we expect Michigan bettors to be able to place legal wagers in the state very soon.

Industry leaders like DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are opening up pre-registration with enticing promos. Michigan bettors who pre-register can get free credits to use whenever the state officially launches online sports betting.

DraftKings and FanDuel are already making waves in Michigan. Both sportsbooks recently partnered with the Detroit Pistons and we can expect more of these types of partnerships coming in the state. The Detroit Tigers have a partnership with PointsBet Michigan Sportsbook as well.

Michigan is Big Ten country and games like Ohio State-Michigan State are exactly the kinds of matchups that Michigan bettors are going to want to bet on.

Ryan Day Will Miss Saturday’s Game

Even though the Buckeyes are heavy favorites coming into this game, they are still facing some adversity. Head coach Ryan Day tested positive for COVID-19 last week and will not be cleared in time to make the trip to East Lansing. This is just the reality of college football in 2020. Alabama’s Nick Saban was forced to miss the Iron Bowl for the same reason.

Most of Ohio State’s top players will be on the field Saturday, but losing Day’s presence on the sidelines hurts. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson will step into Day’s shoes for the game.



Ohio State’s CFP Chances

For the time being, Ohio State is in the College Football Playoff. Alabama, Notre Dame, and Clemson are the top three teams in the rankings, followed by the Buckeyes. Despite the fact that they have only played four games this year, they are right in the mix for a National Championship.

If Ohio State loses another game due to COVID-19 complications, they won’t be able to play in the Big Ten Championship Game, and their chances at making the College Football Playoff will take a big hit. As Saturday approaches, this Michigan State game looks like it’s going to happen. So long as Ohio State can get its game in against Michigan the following week, they will reach the minimum of six games needed to make the Big Ten Championship Game.

Of course, they need to beat these two teams from Michigan as well.


Michigan State Upset

Michigan State is coming into this game after upsetting Northwestern 29-20. This has been an up-and-down season for the Spartans, but the win over Northwestern represents a highpoint for them. With that said, beating Ohio State will be a much tougher task for Michigan State. The Spartans have been inconsistent all year so this game will be tough to predict for bettors.

The Buckeyes should win and continue their perfect season barring an epic collapse. However, Michigan State is talented enough to keep the game close if they play their best football.


Betting Picks and Prediction

Don’t overthink this one. Take Ohio State laying the points. The Buckeyes know they have to win out in impressive fashion to secure their spot in the College Football Playoff. COVID-19 has put their backs up against the wall, but we expect them to come out and make a statement on Saturday.


Final Score Prediction: Ohio State wins 42-3