Ohio State Vs. Michigan State: College Football Betting Lines, Odds and Trends – November 20, 2021

Written By Staff on November 16, 2021

The No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten) take college football’s 17th-ranked rushing defense into a matchup with the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten), who have the No. 25 rushing attack. The Buckeyes (-19.5) and the Spartans (+660 to win on the moneyline) kick off the action on November 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET. The game’s total is currently set at 69.5.

In this article we outline key metrics, betting trends, top players and the best available odds — everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game.

The betting facts in this article reflect odds as of November 20, 2021 at 12:05 PM ET. Check out the table below for the most up-to-date lines for this game and click here to get the best DraftKings Sportsbook deposit bonus!

Ohio State Vs. Michigan State Betting Odds

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Ohio State Offense Vs. Michigan State Defense

Buckeyes Offense Stats (Rank) Spartans Defense
46.3 (1) Points/Gm 22.5 (41)
551.2 (1) Yards/Gm 442.6 (117)
353.6 (5) Pass Yards/Gm 329.0 (130)
197.6 (26) Rush Yards/Gm 113.6 (23)
10.0 (3) Yards/Pass 6.9 (35)
6.0 (1) Yards/Rush 3.3 (16)
53.4% (3) 3rd Down % 40.3% (82)
7 (22) Turnovers 11 (34)
5 (30) Sacks 19 (1)

Michigan State Offense Vs. Ohio State Defense

Michigan State Offense Stats (Rank) Ohio State Defense
34.6 (26) Points/Gm 20.2 (24)
449.6 (18) Yards/Gm 368.8 (64)
251.9 (47) Pass Yards/Gm 261.5 (115)
197.7 (25) Rush Yards/Gm 107.3 (17)
8.9 (15) Yards/Pass 6.9 (35)
5.3 (11) Yards/Rush 3.1 (8)
38.7% (73) 3rd Down % 42.0% (98)
11 (77) Turnovers 13 (15)
8 (68) Sacks 19 (1)

When Ohio State Has The Ball

  • The Buckeyes average 353.6 passing yards per game, fifth in the FBS. They’ll face a Spartans pass defense that has struggled, allowing 329.0 per game and ranking 130th.
  • Ohio State has one of the best offenses in the FBS in yards per game (No. 1 at 551.2 YPG), and will be up against the 117th-ranked Michigan State defense (442.6 ypg allowed).
  • The Spartans allow third-down conversions on 40.3% of their opponents’ attempts (82nd in the FBS). The Buckeyes have a 53.4% third-down conversion rate, which ranks third in college football.
  • Ohio State’s top-ranked scoring offense averages 46.3 points per game. Michigan State has the 41st-ranked scoring defense (22.5 ppg).

When Michigan State Has The Ball

  • The 251.9 passing yards per game the Spartans average ranks them 47th in the FBS, while the 261.5 the Buckeyes allow ranks them 115th in college football.
  • Michigan State is 68th-ranked in college football in sacks allowed (eight), and is facing the team ranked first in bringing down opposing quarterbacks, Ohio State (19).
  • The Spartans rank 77th in college football, committing 11 turnovers this season, while the Buckeyes are 15th with 13 turnovers forced.
  • Ohio State’s defense ranks 64th in yards allowed per game (368.8), while Michigan State’s offense is 18th in college football at 449.6 yards per game.
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Ohio State Betting Trends And Insights

  • Ohio State is 5-5-0 ATS this season.
  • The Buckeyes have been favored by 19.5 points or more five times this season, and covered the spread in four of those matchups.
  • A total of six out of Ohio State’s 10 games this season have gone over the point total.
  • Ohio State’s 10 games this season have gone over this contest’s total of 69.5 points three times.
  • The Buckeyes have compiled an 8-1 record in games they were favored on the moneyline (winning 88.9% of those games).

Michigan State Betting Trends And Insights

  • Michigan State has compiled a 7-2-1 record against the spread this year.
  • So far this year, five out of Michigan State’s 10 games with an over/under have gone over the point total.
  • Michigan State has combined with its opponent to score more than 69.5 points just twice this season.
  • The Spartans have been listed as the underdog three times this season, yet they have won all of those games.

Ohio State Players To Watch

  • C.J. Stroud leads his team with 3,036 passing yards (337.3 per game) and has a 68.8% completion percentage (214-of-311), throwing 30 touchdown passes and five interceptions.
  • TreVeyon Henderson has taken 141 attempts for a team-leading 1,035 rushing yards (103.5 yards per game) while scoring 14 touchdowns. He’s also caught 16 passes for 223 yards (22.3 receiving yards per game) with three touchdowns through the air.
  • Miyan Williams has rushed for 435 yards on 58 carries (62.1 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba has 59 catches and paces his team with 1,027 receiving yards (102.7 ypg) while scoring five touchdowns.
  • Garrett Wilson has hauled in 53 catches for 813 yards (90.3 yards per game) and nine touchdowns.
  • Chris Olave is averaging 78.7 yards per game, racking up 51 receptions for 708 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Michigan State Players To Watch

  • This campaign, Payton Thorne has put up 2,461 passing yards (246.1 yards per game) while completing 173 of 274 passes (63.1% completion percentage), with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has added 137 rushing yards on 61 carries (plus three touchdowns), averaging 13.7 yards per game.
  • Kenneth Walker III has taken 227 attempts for a team-leading 1,472 rushing yards (147.2 yards per game) while scoring 17 touchdowns.
  • Jordan Simmons has rushed for 232 yards on 47 carries (25.8 yards per game) this year.
  • Jayden Reed has 45 catches and paces his team with 829 receiving yards (82.9 ypg) while scoring seven touchdowns.
  • Jalen Nailor has also tacked on 587 yards on 31 catches and six touchdowns. He averages 73.4 receiving yards per game this year.
  • Tre Mosley is averaging 46.4 yards per game, racking up 28 receptions for 418 yards and two touchdowns.

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