The Michigan Wolverines may be 2.5-point favorites to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes when they play each other in November, but the oddsmakers are under the impression that the Buckeyes will be have a better season overall than their hated rivals.
With just two months to go before the 2019 college football season, Buckeyes have an expected win total of 10.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The Wolverines, meanwhile, sit one win behind Ohio State with an expected win total of 9.5.
Michigan has been incredibly consistent in its four seasons with Jim Harbaugh at the helm, averaging exactly 9.5 wins a year during his tenure (three 10-3 seasons and an 8-5 season). The Buckeyes (+1200) currently have better odds to win the College Football Playoff than the Wolverines (+2200) despite losing a legendary head coach in Urban Meyer, but it's not without warrant.
Ohio State has had surprisingly strong offseason under new head coach Ryan Day, adding considerable talent to an already deep roster and doing some damage to Michigan's coaching staff.
There's still plenty of time before the college football season begins, but it's unlikely that these lines will see much of a change barring a catastrophic injury or surprise firing.
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