David Purdum, ESPN Staff WriterNov 20, 2023, 08:09 AM ET
- Joined ESPN successful 2014
- Journalist covering gambling manufacture since 2008
The Wolverines began the week arsenic 4-point location favorites implicit the Buckeyes astatine ESPN BET. It's the archetypal clip they've been favored implicit Ohio State since 2018, erstwhile the Buckeyes were besides 4-point underdogs against Michigan.
That was the past clip Ohio State had been an underdog to a Big Ten team, a agelong of 43 games against league foes. It's the longest progressive streak of being favored against 1 league successful the nation, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Buckeyes bushed Michigan 62-39 successful 2018.
Michigan volition beryllium without manager Jim Harbaugh erstwhile it hosts the Buckeyes connected Saturday successful Ann Arbor. Harbaugh volition beryllium serving the last crippled of a three-game suspension for the alleged sign-stealing scheme. Oddsmakers person downplayed the interaction of Harbaugh's lack connected the sideline successful the Wolverines' past 2 games, wins implicit Penn State and Maryland, and accidental immoderate added information caused by the contention mitigates the nonaccomplishment of their coach.
Ed Salmons, a seasoned Las Vegas oddsmaker with the Westgate SuperBook, estimated Harbaugh was worthy "one point" to the spread.
"I wouldn't beryllium amazed to spot the enactment spell backmost up a little," Salmons said.
Caesars Sportsbook had Michigan listed arsenic a 6.5-point favourite earlier past week's games but reopened astatine -4.5 connected Sunday.
"Little spot of wealth connected the Buckeyes truthful far," Adam Pullen, adjunct manager of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, told ESPN connected Sunday. "It stands to reason, due to the fact that Michigan didn't look truthful blistery [Saturday] against Maryland."
On Sunday, the enactment opened arsenic precocious arsenic Michigan -5 astatine Circa Sports, a Las Vegas-based sportsbook known to cater to nonrecreational bettors. The fig dipped to Michigan -3, earlier settling backmost astatine -4 arsenic of Monday morning.
Michigan was a -170 money-line favourite to triumph the crippled straight-up, and the over/under full was sitting astatine 47 astatine ESPN BET connected Monday.
ESPN BET likelihood are provided by Penn Entertainment.