No. 7 Michigan Looks to remain Unbeaten, Avoid Upset Against ‘Dangerous’ Air Force in Week 3 Matchup
The seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines will look to remain unbeaten while avoiding the upset loss at home against the ‘dangerous’ Air Force Falcons when they square off in their intriguing Week 3 matchup this weekend.
The Falcons come into this contest as fresh as a daisy after getting the week off after winning their opener. Now, let’s find out if the Wolverines can avoid the upset while covering the huge Week 3 college football betting spread as nearly four-touchdown home favorites.
Air Force Falcons Vs Michigan Wolverines Spread & Free Pick
Air Force at No. 7 Michigan
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 AT 12:00 PM ET
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Spread: Michigan -26
Why Bet the Air Force Falcons Spread at +26
The Air Force Falcons pounded overmatched VMI in their 62-0 Week 1 win by rushing for a whopping 457 yards and seven touchdowns. An insane eight ball-carriers rushed for at least 32 yards in the win while quarterback Arion Worthman completed 8 of 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdown passes while rushing for another score in the blowout win.
"Glad we were able to give them a good show today," Worthman said.
Air Force improved to a perfect 11-0 in regular season openers under head coach Troy Calhoun, winning those openers by an average of 37.5 points. For the season, Worthman is completing a stellar 66.7 percent of his passes for 172 yards, with two touchdowns and zero interceptions while running the Falcons’ triple option offense seamlessly.
Defensively, Air Force limited VMI to a minuscule 40 passing yards in the win. Jack Flor leads the Falcons with eight tackles while Santo Coppola has recorded one sack and Jacob Stafford, one interception.
Why Bet the Michigan Wolverines Spread at -26
The seventh-ranked Wolverines got another fine performance from their defense and running back Ty Isaac to beat Cincinnati 36-14 in Week 2 after shutting down No. 24 Florida in their 33-17 Week 1 win. Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards to help the Wolverines pull away after largely struggling for three quarters.
"We had the feeling coming out of this game that we stopped ourselves," head coach Jim Harbaugh said afterward.
Starting quarterback Wilton Speight didn’t set the world on fire by completing a modest 17 of 29 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, but he was much better than he was in Week 1 against Florida. For the season, Speight is completing a discouraging 51.9 percent of his passes for 402 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
"I get a little sloppy with my feet, which causes my ball to sail or to go low," Speight said.
Defensively, Michigan limited the Bearcats to just 68 rushing yards and is allowing just 15.5 points per game.
Air Force Falcons Vs Michigan Wolverines Free Pick
Air Force may have played just once this season, but their powerful triple option is ‘scary’ no matter how you look at it. Going back to last season, the Falcons have won seven consecutive games while scoring at least 31 points or more in six of those contests and 41 points or more in four of those matchups.
The Falcons are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 12-5 ATS in their L/17 games against a team with a winning record and a near-perfect 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in the month of September.
While Michigan has gone 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September, the Wolverines are also just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against teams from the Mountain West Conference. I like the Falcons to cover the spread against Michigan’s modest offense by controlling the clock with their running game to keep the final score respectable.
Pick: Air Force +26