Ohio State has not been an underdog to a Big Ten team in five years. Michigan is poised to end that streak Saturday.
The Wolverines began the week as 4-point home favorites over the Buckeyes at ESPN BET. It’s the first time they’ve been favored over Ohio State since 2018, when the Buckeyes were also 4-point underdogs against Michigan.
That was the last time Ohio State had been an underdog to a Big Ten team, a stretch of 43 games against conference foes. It’s the longest active streak of being favored against one conference in the nation, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Buckeyes beat Michigan 62-39 in 2018.
Michigan will be without coach Jim Harbaugh when it hosts the Buckeyes on Saturday in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh will be serving the final game of a three-game suspension for the alleged sign-stealing scheme. Oddsmakers have downplayed the impact of Harbaugh’s absence on the sideline in the Wolverines’ past two games, wins over Penn State and Maryland, and say any added motivation caused by the controversy mitigates the loss of their coach.
Ed Salmons, a veteran Las Vegas oddsmaker with the Westgate SuperBook, estimated Harbaugh was worth “one point” to the spread.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see the line go back up a little,” Salmons said.
Caesars Sportsbook had Michigan listed as a 6.5-point favorite before last week’s games but reopened at -4.5 on Sunday.
“Little bit of money on the Buckeyes so far,” Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for Caesars Sportsbook, told ESPN on Sunday. “It stands to reason, because Michigan didn’t look so hot [Saturday] against Maryland.”
On Sunday, the line opened as high as Michigan -5 at Circa Sports, a Las Vegas-based sportsbook known to cater to professional bettors. The number dipped to Michigan -3, before settling back at -4 as of Monday morning.
Michigan was a -170 money-line favorite to win the game straight-up, and the over/under total was sitting at 47 at ESPN BET on Monday.
ESPN BET odds are provided by Penn Entertainment.
Pitt Football Offers Michigan State Wide Receiver Transfer
Pitt football continues to work hard to try and bring new players in during the offseason and offered a Michigan State wide receiver transfer on Tuesday.
Tyrell Henry received an offer from the Panthers on Tuesday, a wide out who spent two seasons with the Spartans. He stands 6-foot and 175 pounds and hails from Roseville, Mich. a suburb north of Detroit.
He played 11 games as a freshman in 2022, mainly on kickoff return, taking 10 kickoffs for a total of 183 yards, 18.3 average yards per return with the longest 30 yards.
Henry continued to return kickoffs as a sophomore this past season, taking 12 of them for 206 total yards, 17.2 average yards per return with the longest 26 yards. He also worked as a punt returner in 2023, with 13 returns for 89 yards, 6.8 average yards per return and a long of 18.
He also would expand his role into seeing more snaps at wide out, making 24 receptions for 195 yards and three touchdowns. His best game came against Nebraska at home on Nov. 4, as he made four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Henry is the sixth wide receiver from the transfer portal that the Pitt football coaching staff has offered this offseason. This includes Dymere Miller of Monmouth, Robert Lewis of Georgia State, Quentrell Harris of Kent State, Diante Vines of Iowa and TJ Sheffield of Purdue.
Pitt currently has eight scholarship wide receivers heading into 2024. This includes rising redshirt senior Jake McConnachie, rising senior Konata Mumpfield, rising redshirt junior Daejon Reynolds, rising redshirt sophomore Che Nwabuko, rising sophomore Kenny Johnson and rising redshirt freshmen Israel Polk, Lamar Seymore and Zion Fowler-El. The incoming Class of 2024 also has one wideout in three-star Cameron Monteiro from Massachusetts.
The Panthers have lost two scholarship wide receivers this offseason in starter Bub Means, who declared for the NFL Draft, and Addison Copeland III.
For all your college football transfer portal needs, check out the Portal Report and their Transfer Portal Tracker.
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Alabama closing in on favorite status vs. Michigan as public money pours in for College Football Playoff semifinal
The betting public has no love for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.
According to data shared with The Post, Alabama moneyline is the most popular bet among the college football playoff wagers on BetMGM Sportsbook, with an overwhelming 93 percent of the handle coming in on the Crimson Tide.
The Crimson Tide opened as 2.5-point underdogs against the spread but are now down to +1.
Alabama’s against the spread bets are accounting for 79 percent of the handle, according to the sportsbook.
The Alabama vs. Michigan Rose Bowl matchup is providing some of the most lopsided moneyline betting we have seen since Deion Sanders and Colorado were on a wild 3-0 start.
Now, the question remains whether Nick Saban’s group will be favored by the time the game is played on New Year’s Day.
BetMGM is showing some movement on the winner of the college football playoff.
Michigan is a very slight +185 favorite ahead of Alabama at +190, and Texas follows them at +280 while Washington is far back with +750 odds.
Should Alabama become the betting favorites in its matchup with Michigan, it would represent a bizarre three-point favorite line change.
The Crimson Tide would likely become the betting favorites to win the College Football Playoff.
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This is a far cry from where Alabama was prior to its victory over Georgia last week. The win over the Bulldogs moved Alabama from +700 down to +190 odds on BetMGM.
Michigan soldier killed in Korean War to be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery
PALMER, Mich. (AP) – The remains of a Michigan soldier who was killed in the Korean War in 1950 will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery, nearly a year after they were identified by military experts, officials said.
Army Cpl. Gordon D. McCarthy’s remains will be interred on Dec. 14 at the cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, following graveside services, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command said in a news release.
The Palmer, Michigan, native was 20 when he was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, after enemy forces attacked his unit in North Korea near the Chosin Reservoir. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.
But remains turned over by North Korea in 2018 were identified in February as McCarthy’s by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. That agency, an arm of the U.S. Defense Department, announced in July that scientists used circumstantial evidence as well as anthropological and DNA analysis to identify his remains.
McCarthy’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Following his identification, officials said a rosette would be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
More than 7,500 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command said.
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