Michigan Wolverines vs. Utah Utes CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Utah Utes (2-0) at Michigan Wolverines (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN2
The Utah Utes and Michigan Wolverines will meet Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
The Utah Utes have had an extra week to prepare for this game and have to be feeling a little confident with an offense that’s averaging 57.5 points per contest. Offensively, Utah is averaging five yards per carry and has six different players with a rushing touchdown. Devontae Booker leads the Utes with 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Travis Wilson is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 446 yards and six touchdowns, while Dres Anderson and Kenneth Scott have combined for more than 200 yards and five touchdowns. Simply put, Utah hasn’t had much trouble moving the ball lately and has been scoring with ease. Defensively, the Utah Utes are allowing 337.5 yards per game and have forced one turnover and 11 sacks. Eric Rowe leads the Utes with nine solo tackles, while Nate Orchard and Clint Shepard each have three tackles for loss.
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The Michigan Wolverines took care of the Miami of Ohio Redhawks but need a big win here to forget the blowout loss to Notre Dame. The Wolverines need to figure out how to make Devin Gardner comfortable, as he’s completing 68.2 percent of his passes and has five touchdowns, but he’s also thrown four interceptions. Michigan will never be a serious threat in the Big Ten with a one dimensional offense. A combination of Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith have the Wolverines averaging a solid 6.3 yards per carry, and they’ve rushed for all five of Michigan's touchdowns. Defensively, the Michigan Wolverines are allowing 252.7 yards per game and have forced one turnover and four sacks. Joe Bolden leads the Wolverines with 22 tackles and Brennen Beyer has two of the team’s four sacks.
The Utes are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 35-17-2 ATS in their last 54 non-conference games. The Wolverines are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
One reason the Utes haven't hit their stride in the Pac-12 yet is because they aren't big or physical enough on either side of the ball. Michigan is one of the more physical teams in the Big Ten and should impose their will in this matchup. I like the Wolverines by a touchdown here.