Big Ten Championship Game Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans
Saturday, 12/7/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -5
Opening Total:  51.5
Current Total:  51.5
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have the best offense in the Big Ten Conference
The Ohio State Buckeyes have the best offense in the Big Ten Conference

Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest win streak at 24 games, which has established a program record and can’t be forgotten when looking over the college football betting lines.  The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten Conference and rank third in the country in averaging 48.2 points per game, which has been made possible by averaging 321.3 yards per game on the ground.  On the other side of the football, the defense is one of two in the country not to allow a 100-yard rusher.  Ohio State is 3-2 SU and 2-2-1 ATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Buckeyes are led offensively by the play of quarterback Braxton Miller, who needs 166 total yards to reach 8,000 yards of total offense in his career, while running back Carlos Hyde became the first at that particular position under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.  Meyer is 2-1 in conference championship games and 9-2 in games played in December and January.

Michigan State will play in its second Big Ten Championship Game in three years, as it aims to win a school-record 12th game of the season.  The Spartans have the No. 1 defense in college football, which is important to consider when making your NCAA football picks, with the unit allowing just 237.7 yards per game.  It’s important to point out that this squad is the first in conference history to win all eight of its games by a double-digit margin.  Michigan State is 6-5 SU and 8-2-1 ATS as an underdog since 2011.

The Spartans are 13-28 SU all-time against the Buckeyes, but this will be the first time they’ve faced off at a neutral site, as this game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Michigan State has won 40 of its last 52 games dating back to the beginning of the 2010 campaign.  Offensively, the team is averaging 29.4 points per game, while possessing the football for 33:32 a contest.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 43-20-2 ATS mark versus teams with a winning record.

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