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Oddsmaker: Michigan football team ‘a significant favorite’ against Ohio State

The Michigan football team hasn’t walked off the field smiling after an Ohio State game since 2003. Michigan will need to contain dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller to beat the Ohio State on Saturday.Associated PressAnd even though Ohio State no longer counts its 37-7 victory last season against Michigan in its record books as part of its self-imposed NCAA sanctions, the Wolverines know they have lost seven consecutive games to the Buckeyes. Now Jim Tressel is gone, Ohio State is reeling at 6-5, and the oddsmakers have noticed, especially since The Game is among the most bet upon games in the nation each season. So Michigan is seven-point favorite entering the game Saturday (Noon, ABC). Bodog Sportsbook director Richard Gardner outlined the point spread in an email for AnnArbor.com. “This week Michigan has opened as 8 point favorites as they host their big 10 rivals Ohio State. The early action is on Michigan as 74% of all players believe that Michigan will cover the spread this week,” Gardner wrote. “From the books perspective this is one of the most exciting games of the year. Traditionally the Michigan-Ohio State game is the most bet regular season college football game. It has been one of the top five bet regular season games in each of the last 16 seasons at Bodog. Michigan is a favorite in this game for the first time since the 2004-2005 season. “The most significant factor that went into making Michigan an 8 point favorite is the experience for both teams at quarterback. Michigan is led by the dynamic junior Denard Robinson who has a full season under his belt and knows what it is like playing in this rivalry game. On the other hand, freshman QB Braxton Miller will be playing the biggest game of his young career in front of 72,000 screaming fans in the Big House. Considering the QB situation for both teams it is easy to see why Michigan is a significant favorite this Saturday at the Big House.” What do you think?

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