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Even though Michigan hasn't defeated Ohio State under head fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines are getting some early love from sportsbooks Monday morning. 


Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan battle in Columbus features one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football with a Big Ten East title on the title on the line. 


And the Wolverines are already crashing the party, opening as minus-four-point favorites over the Buckeyes via FanDuel Sportsbook.

Ohio State has won 13 of the previous 14 matchups in this rivalry, and the Wolverines haven't gotten the better of the Buckeyes on the road in Columbus since 2000. When was the last time Michigan beat Ohio State in Columbus? 2000. And when was the last time Michigan beat Ohio State anywhere? 2011. However, the bookmakers clearly aren't going with the recent history of this one. 

Both OSU and Michigan struggled with near scares on the road in Week 12 as the Wolverines outlasted Indiana 31-20 and the Buckeyes escaped Maryland 52-51 in overtime. 


For what it's worth, Michigan would have covered a minus-four-point spread in their last win at Ohio State in 2003, defeating the Buckeyes 38-26. But we'll just have to wait and see who comes out on top this Saturday. 


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