The Game is still 255 days away, but you could bet on the Buckeyes as almost a touchdown underdog today.
Ohio State opened as a 6.5-point underdog on the road against Michigan on Tuesday, according to odds posted by the online sportsbook betonline.ag.
Though Michigan did lose a lot on the defensive side of the ball, Jim Harbaugh's squad does return a significant chunk of its offense, including starting quarterback Shea Patterson, its two top receivers and the 4/5ths of its offensive line.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes have a first-year head coach and must replace a starting quarterback, three first-team receivers, a member of their running back duo and most of their offensive line while much of the defense remains intact.
Michigan was favored against Ohio State last season for the first time since 2011, and the Buckeyes won 62-39. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines on Nov. 30th.
The sportsbook has Ohio State as substantial favorites in the three other early lines, listing the Buckeyes as 10.5-point favorites at home against Penn State, 9-point favorites at home against Wisconsin, and 7.5-point favorites on the road against Nebraska.