Michigan vs. SMU - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan vs. SMU - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

SMU Mustangs (0-2) at Michigan Wolverines (1-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)

The Line: Michigan Wolverines -35.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The SMU Mustangs and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in college football action at Michigan Stadium.

The SMU Mustangs would love a monster upset road victory to prevent their first 0-3 start since the 2014 season. The SMU Mustangs have lost eight of their last 11 road games. Ben Hicks is completing 48.4 percent of his passes for 363 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Hicks has two or more touchdown passes in 14 of his last 18 games. James Proche and Braeden West have combined for 227 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Reggie Roberson Jr. has six receptions. The SMU Mustangs ground game is averaging 67.5 yards per contest, and West leads the way with 104 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, SMU is allowing 44 points and 458 yards per game. Patrick Nelson leads the SMU Mustangs with 19 tackles, Delontae Scott has 0.5 sacks and Shaine Hailey has one interception. 

The Michigan Wolverines look for another victory to win at least two of their first three games for the 10th straight season. The Michigan Wolverines have won 13 of their last 15 home games. Shea Patterson is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 352 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Patterson has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine. Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples-Jones have combined for 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Grant Perry has five receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 183 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 228 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 13.5 points and 255 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 12 tackles, Rashan Gary has one sack and Brandon Watson has one interception.

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The Mustangs are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games in September, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over is 24-11-1 in Wolverines last 36 games overall and the under is 7-3 in Mustangs last 10 games overall.

The SMU Mustangs have done little to nothing on the offensive end and has yet to face a defense like the Michigan Wolverines. TCU is good defensively, but it's not Michigan, and that game was at home. It's odd to see a team led by an experienced quarterback, Sonny Dykes and Rhett Lashlee struggle the way it has, but here we are. The Michigan Wolverines are coming off a blowout win over Western Michigan and have now covered five of their last seven games when favored by at least 25 points. This is another game where the Wolverines should steamroll their opponent, as the SMU Mustangs are outmatched at both ends of the field. 

See Who The Experts Picked To Win This One

Randy’s Pick Michigan Wolverines -35.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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