Who will the attention of a nation? The Michigan Wolverines will host a national audience and the 22nd-ranked Brigham Young University Cougars in week 4 action. The game kicks off on ABC this Saturday, Sept 26th at noon ET from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. The college football odds-makers have the Wolverines as 5.5-point favorites over the visiting Cougars.
The BYU Cougars are holding at #22 in the national rankings after losing a heartbreaker to UCLA, 24-23 last week. They’ve stood up to formidable opponents in hostile territory this season. Can they beat the Wolverines this week?
This will be a good test for Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines. BYU has no hesitation to throw the ball, even with 22-year-old freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum, who now has had 2 ½ games to get comfortable as the starter. In the season opener at Nebraska, BYU lost its starting quarterback, Taysom Hill, to a season-ending foot injury, but still converted a Hail Mary to win.
The Cougars are ranked 24th in passing offense at 310.7 yards per game (and No. 111 in rushing), their game plan is obvious. They will face the Wolverines’ 13th-ranked pass defense that has allowed just 144 yards per game.
BYU is gunning another road win. Beating the Wolverines would cap a killer first month with a 3-1 record, heading into the softer part of the schedule. For the Wolverines, a loss to the Cougars would signal an early end to their 2015 season. Their schedule only intensifies with the Big Ten season.
A Closer Look At The Brigham Young University Cougars Vs Michigan Wolverines Week 4 Odds, My Free Pick & How To Watch
What: No. 22 BYU Cougars (2-1) at Michigan Wolverines (2-1)
When: Saturday, Sept 26th, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
Stadium: Michigan Stadium
Weather: 71°F /More Sun than Clouds
Spread: Wolverines -5.5
Moneyline: BYU +180 vs Michigan -220
Game Total: 45
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: BYU Vs Michigan
Why Bet On BYU to Beat Michigan (-5.5)
BYU’s air attach will find holes in the Wolverines’ top notch pass D.
BYU should be undefeated. The Cougars are 2 points away from being 3 and 0 on the season. They ran out to a 16 to 6 lead over UCLA at the Rose Bowl in their last game only to end up losing 24 to 23. As a +16.5 point underdog, BYU covered the spread against the Bruins.
BYU’s success this season, including upsetting Boise State on the road as a +9.5 point dog, can be attributed to the Cougars’ defense. BYU did enough to give their team a shot at beating Nebraska on the final play of the game in Week 1. The defense shut down Boise State’s offense in the second game. In their third game against UCLA, the defense forced top freshman QB Josh Rosen to throw 2 interceptions.
Michigan only averages 379 yards of offense per game. The Wolverines only pass for 194 yards. They only run for 184 yards per game. Michigan’s offense could have trouble dealing with BYU’s defense in this contest. The Cougars are used to battling high-flying offenses like the one at Boise State and at UCLA. Michigan’s offense may not have much of a shot versus the Cougars.
Why Bet On Michigan (-5.5) to Beat BYU
Beating the Cougars will put the Wolverines into the convo
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum has proven to be a suitable replacement for Taysom Hill. Hill was one of the top quarterbacks in college football before getting injured versus Nebraska. Hill will miss the rest of the season. Mangum has filled in admirably.
But Mangum might face his toughest test so far this Saturday against Jim Harbaugh’s coached Michigan defense. Harbaugh knows that he doesn’t have the skill players to stick with a lot of teams. Instead of trying to outscore his opponents, he’s rested the hopes for Michigan’s season on a fantastic D.
Michigan’s defense has been very good against some decent offenses in the past 2 games. The Wolverines’ D held Oregon State to only a single touchdown in a 35 to 7 win. Oregon State had a total of 138 yards in that matchup. Michigan held UNLV to 7 points in a 28 to 7 win in their last game.
— The Oakland Press (@TheOaklandPress) September 13, 2015
If Michigan’s defense can play BYU tough, they should be able to keep the Wolverines in the game until the fourth quarter. At that point, though, talent should prevail. BYU’s defense will have shut down Michigan’s offense while Michigan’s defense will have gotten tired. BYU will strike. I am picking the Cougars should win this one straight up as the smart bet for this week 4 game. My final score prediction is BYU 17, Michigan 14.