Free Week 5 Prediction: Wolverines vs Wildcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(3-1) Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats (1-2)
Date: Saturday, September 29th 2018
Time: 4:30 pm EST
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: -14
NCAA Betting Total: 103
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Michigan heads into Evanston trying to keep their three game winning streak alive. Their high powered offense will look to give the Wildcats fits all afternoon long.
Northwestern will be trying to get one back in the win column and get back to .500 on the year. But for a team that struggled against Akron last week, don’t expect too much from them against a top ranked team like the Wolverines.
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The Wolverines have continued to look dominant ever since their week one loss to Notre Dame. This game will be a must win for the team if they want to be considered for the College Football Playoff at the end of the year. Losses to teams like Northwestern are season killers.
The good news for Michigan is they have been tearing it up on the ground this season, averaging 212 rushing yards per game. The bad news is; they have suffered defeat in three of their last four road games. I would expect that trend to change this weekend.
Michigan’s defense has been shutting down their opponents this season, giving up only 14.3 points against. That number should go down after this game, seeing how Northwestern isn’t that good offensively.
The best thing that Northwestern has going for them against the Wolverines is their home record in their last 12 games. They have gone 8-4 in that stretch, coupled with Michigan’s recent road woes, could spell an upset for the Wildcats.
Other than that though, this team isn’t very good. Averaging only 117 rushing yards per game on the year, they will have to do a lot better than that against a very stingy defense. They will most likely have to abandon the run game early, and go to the air, which will lead right into Michigan’s defensive plans.
Defensively the Wildcats haven’t been much better. Giving up an average of 29 points per game, and 380 yards per game, they will have to play flawlessly against the high powered Michigan offensive attack to stand a chance in this one.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Michigan leads head to head with a 57-15-2 record.
- Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Big Ten games.
- Northwestern is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 Big Ten games.
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Upsets happen, just look at last weekend, but I don’t think this game will be one of them. On paper Michigan should dismantle the Wildcats. And I think that will play out on the field this weekend.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Michigan -14
Taking the spread should be an easy decision in this game. Michigan has been dominant this year, and Northwestern has been pretty bad, to put it nicely.
Northwestern has only beaten Michigan 15 times in their history, the last one came six years ago, expect that trend to add another loss to the Wildcats column in this Big Ten rivalry.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Michigan 48 – Northwestern 16
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