Colorado Buffaloes at Michigan Wolverines - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) at Michigan Wolverines (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -20 -- Over/Under: 57 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Colorado Buffaloes will travel to play the Michigan Wolverines in a non-conference game in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Michigan Wolverines are 2-0 this season after beating UCF by a score of 51-14. Michigan controlled this game from the beginning and was able to easily beat the Knights. Michigan is averaging 57 points per game with 212.5 rushing yards and 267 passing yards per game on offense. Wilton Speight has completed 70% of his passes for 457 yards and 7 touchdowns. Chris Evans has been the leading rusher for Michigan with 147 yards and 2 touchdowns this season. Amara Darboh has hauled in 8 passes for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Jake Butt has also caught 8 passes for 105 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Michigan defense is giving up 8.5 points per game with 178 rushing yards and 103.5 passing yards per game. Jabrill Peppers has led the Michigan defense with 16 tackles and 1 sack, while Mike McCray has added 15 tackles and 2 sacks. Kenny Allen is 3-3 on field goals, with a long of 37 yards for Michigan.
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The Colorado Buffaloes are 2-0 this season after beating the Idaho State Bengals by a score of 56-7. Colorado dominated this game by scoring the first 56 points, before Idaho State finally got on the board. The Colorado offense is averaging 50 points per game with 261 rushing yards and 326.5 passing yards per game. Sefo Liufau is completing 74.5% of his passes for 522 yards and 3 touchdowns for Colorado. Liufau has also rushed for 120 yards and 1 touchdown, while Phillip Lindsay has rushed for 125 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Buffaloes this season. Devin Ross has caught 11 passes for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Shay Fields has caught 5 passes for 157 yards for Colorado. The Colorado defense is giving up 7 points per game with 98.5 rushing yards and 62 passing yards per game. Chidobe Awuzie has led the Colorado defense with 10 tackles and 1 interception, while Kenne Olugbode has added 9 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Diego Gonzalez is 3-3 on field goals for Colorado, with a long of 30 yards.
Colorado is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 September games. The under is 5-1 in Colorado’s last 6 games. Michigan is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games against the PAC-12. The over is 6-0 in Michigan’s last 6 home games.
Michigan has looked very impressive to start the season, but will be up against a Colorado team that has also impressed to start the season. Michigan has used a balanced attack to rip teams apart on the offensive end, while Colorado has had a lot of success through the air. Michigan has missed some key players with injuries to start the season and have still looked strong, which is why I am leaning towards Michigan here.