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Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines (+16, 57)
While quarterback Braxton Miller has generated a lot of the headlines around Columbus, the Buckeyes' running game ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with 314 yards per game. Carlos Hyde (1,064 yards, 13 TDs) is the first running back ever to rush for 1,000 yards under Meyer, while Miller is the school's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks with 2,724 yards.
Michigan has lost three of its last four contests, including a 24-21 defeat to Iowa last week in which Brady Hoke's team squandered a 14-point halftime lead. Still, the Wolverines' head coach remains optimistic heading into their showdown with the Buckeyes, saying earlier this week: "I am very confident that we can win, or we wouldn't play." Michigan's defense has been inconsistent this season, but Blake Countess leads the conference with five interceptions.
LINE: Ohio State opened as a 12-point fave, but the line has been bet up to -16. The total is set at 58.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the low-30s with wind blowing diagonally out of the SE at 7 mph.
* Buckeyes are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU win.
* Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a SU loss.
* Ohio State is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings.
No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 4 Auburn Tigers
Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
It may be hard to believe but the Tigers actually won six straight games in this series from 2002 through 2007, but the Crimson Tide have taken control, winning four of the past five. Last year's 49-point blowout win for the Tide marked the most lopsided Iron Bowl since 1948. It also marked the second straight year that Auburn failed to score an offensive touchdown in the matchup.
This year's game will be much more competitive thanks to the Tigers holding the label as this year's most improved team in the country. They have been fortunate in many of their games, however, with five wins by eight points or fewer, including their miracle victory against Georgia in their last outing. While the rushing attack is the SEC's best, averaging 320 yards per game, quarterback Nick Marshall is still unproven as a passer against a top-10 defense.
While it may be hard to believe, the Crimson Tide have actually improved their points per game differential every year under Nick Saban, and this year's plus-31 points per game mark is a field goal better than each of the past two national championship teams. Quarterback AJ McCarron has an incredible 72-13 career touchdown-to-interception ratio and despite the question marks coming into the season, the offensive line has allowed only two sacks in the past seven games combined. The defense again is top-notch, allowing only 50 combined points Bama's past nine games.
While it should be noted that Nick Saban is 0-5 in his career against an Auburn team that goes on to win nine or more games, the Crimson Tide simply have too much big-game experience in the past five years to pick against them here. The Tigers are too one-dimensional on offense and the defense is still suspect, allowing 407 yards per game. The Tide roll into Atlanta for the SEC championship game.
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