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Ohio State Could Benefit From Being An Underdog To Michigan

This Saturday, Ohio State will take the field at Ohio Stadium as an underdog to Michigan for the first time since 2004.

It will also be the first time that Ohio State will be an underdog since the 2014 National Championship game against Oregon.

Being an underdog is something that has been very foreign to the Buckeyes as of late, but Urban Meyer has been a wizard when it comes to games as an underdog in his tenure at Ohio State.

In the six games that the Buckeyes have been an underdog during the Urban Meyer era, Ohio State is a perfect 6-0 in those games.  Not only have they been perfect in games that they aren’t favored in under Urban Meyer, they have been dominating as their average margin of victory in those six games is 18 points.  Granted, there’s a 59-0 victory over Wisconsin in the 2014 Big Ten Championship in there, but take that game out and they’re still winning their underdog games by 9.8 points per game.

No. 10 Ohio State opened as a 3.5-point underdog to No. 4 Michigan for the upcoming rivalry game and as of Thursday afternoon, most sports books have Michigan as a 4.5-point favorite, but given Urban Meyer’s historical success in games where he’s been an underdog at Ohio State, it could be a good sign for a Buckeye victory on Saturday.

Also, it’s worth noting that the last two times Michigan has been a favorite over Ohio State in Columbus, the Buckeyes won both of those games by double digits (1994, 2004).

Michigan has not beaten Ohio State since 2011 when the Buckeyes were under the leadership of interim head coach Luke Fickell and the Wolverines haven’t won in Columbus since 2000.  The Maize and Blue may be looking better on film right now than Ohio State, but don’t go writing off the Scarlet and Grey just yet.

 

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