Michigan vs. Wisconsin - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) at Michigan Wolverines (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan Wolverines clash in a huge Big Ten matchup Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium on ABC.
The Wisconsin Badgers have a chance to beat a third top-10 team this season and snag back-to-back road victories. Alex Hornibrook is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 378 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Hornibrook has moved the chains 19 times through the air in three games. Jazz Peavy and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 502 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Troy Fumagalli has 14 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 184.2 yards per contest, and Corey Clement leads the way with 251 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 11.8 points and 277 yards per game. Jack Cichy leads the Badgers with 23 tackles, T.J. Watt has 4.5 sacks and Derrick Tindal has two interceptions.
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The Michigan Wolverines look to get off to a 5-0 start and beat their fourth ranked team since last season. Wilton Speight is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 875 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Speight has moved the chains 38 times through the air this season. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 482 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has eight receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 229.7 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 259 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 13.8 points and 269.8 yards per game. Ben Gedeon leads the Wolverines with 36 tackles, Mike McCray has 2.5 sacks and Channing Stribling has one interception.
The Badgers are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Badgers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Michigan and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings overall.
I know Michigan has an elite defense, better athletes than Michigan and is tough to beat at home with that packed house. However, Wisconsin has proven itself like no other team this season with a win over LSU and an upset win over Michigan State on the road last week. It's time to start taking the Badgers seriously, as their defense gets after it and the offense is probably as balanced as it's been since Russell Wilson was around. I'm on the Wisconsin hype train, and let's not forget that Michigan's last two home losses came against ranked Big Ten teams.
Give me the points.