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The hype surrounding the red-hot Michigan Wolverines has finally snuck beyond the Big Ten and into the sports bookmakers hearts.

After the Wolverines made a Week 10 statement with a 42-7 beatdown over No. 14 Penn State, Michigan has now thrashed ranked, Big-Ten rival teams in three consecutive weeks to earn an insane opening line for their Week 13 matchup with their biggest rival of all: No. 10 Ohio State. 

Across its last three performances, Michigan has outscored opponents 101-27 overall, but opening as -3.5-point favorites on the road against an evenly-matched Buckeyes squad seems like a stretch. 

Not to mention, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has never beaten Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's Buckeyes at home nor on the road since Harbaugh took over in Ann Arbor back in 2015. 

​​This classic rivalry matchup is also quickly proving why it should be one of the most decisive games for determining the College Football Playoff given the winner of this rivalry will likely earn a spot in the Big Ten Championship game and ultimately a chance to make the CFP. 

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