Ohio State and Michigan State were expected to be two really good teams in the Big Ten this season. But, nobody expected 13th-ranked Northwestern and 18th-ranked Michigan to get into the Big Ten Championship discussion.
In Week 6, undefeated Northwestern travels to one loss Michigan in order to see if they can move up in the rankings. Northwestern upset Stanford in Week 1. The Wildcats haven’t looked back since winning 4 games in a row after the Stanford win. Michigan lost to Utah in Week 1. The Wolverines turned it around big time. Michigan has won 4 games in a row. Both teams have looked great. Who will break on Saturday?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats Vs No. 18 Michigan Wolverines College Football Week 6 Odds
What: No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats (5-0) at No. 18 Michigan Wolverines (4-1)
When: Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
Stadium: Michigan Stadium
Weather: 63° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: Michigan -8
Moneyline: Northwestern +260 vs Michigan -320
Game Total: 35
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Why Bet On #14 Northwestern to Beat #21 Michigan (-8)
Northwestern (5-0, 1-0) is allowing 7.0 points per game and Michigan 7.6 for the nation’s top marks.
Nothwestern’s offense was supposed to be the thing that gave them an outside shot at getting to a bowl game this season. The Wildcats’ offense is decent. It’s averaging 391 total yards. Northwestern averages 25.4 points per game.
But the real reason that Northwestern has a shot to win the Big Ten this season is because of the Wildcats’ defense. Northwestern has one of the top defenses in the nation. The Wildcats held Stanford, a team that scored 41 points against USC a few weeks ago, to 6 points in Week 1. It held Duke to 10 points and Minnesota to 0 points in its last game.
Teams are averaging 7 points per game versus Northwestern. The Wildcats only give up 247.4 yards per game. If Northwestern’s defense can shut down Michigan’s offense, the Wildcats will make it close on Saturday.
Why Bet On #21 Michigan (-8) to Beat #14 Northwestern
The Wolverines (4-1, 1-0) are holding opponents to an FBS-best 19.4 percent on third downs with the Wildcats second at 20.0.
As good as Northwestern’s defense is Michigan’s might be slightly better. Jim Harbaugh doesn’t have the skill players that he needs in order for Michigan to put up a lot of points. Harbaugh is relying on one of the top defenses in college football in order to win games.
So far, Harbaugh’s tactic has worked well. Michigan goes into this key battle with Northwestern having yielded 0 points in two straight games. The Wolverines beat BYU 31 to 0. A week later, Michigan destroyed Maryland 28 to 0. Michigan has a fearsome defense that shuts down both the run and the pass.
Opposing teams rush for 71.8 yards on average versus Michigan’s D. Opponents throw for 112 yards per game on average versus the Wolverines. Michigan gives up only 7.6 points on average and allows teams to average 184 total yards against the defense. Michigan definitely has the upper hand in this, but it won’t be an easy win. My final score prediction is Michigan 13, Northwestern 6.