Army Black Knights at Michigan Wolverines
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan -23 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Army Black Knights and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in college football action at Michigan Stadium.
The Army Black Knights look for a monster upset after beating Rice last week, 14-7. The Army Black Knights have split their last four road games. Kelvin Hopkins Jr. is completing 37.5 percent of his passes for 53 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. The Army Black Knights have eight touchdown passes dating back to last season. Artice Hobbs IV and Kell Walker have combined for 36 receiving yards and one touchdown while Christian Hayes has one reception. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 231 yards per contest, and Hopkins leads the way with 80 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Army is allowing seven points and 243 yards per game. Cole Christiansen leads the Army Black Knights with seven tackles, Elijah Riley has one tackle for loss and Jaylon McClinton has one pass deflection.
The Michigan Wolverines look for a quick 2-0 start after beating Middle Tennessee by 19 points. The Michigan Wolverines have won 12 of their last 14 home games. Shea Patterson is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 203 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Patterson has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Tarik Black and Nico Collins have combined for 129 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Sean McKeon has two receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 233 yards per contest, and Zach Charbonnet leads the way with 90 yards on eight carries. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 21 points and 301 yards per game. Khaleke Hudson leads the Michigan Wolverines with eight tackles, Jordan Glasgow has two sacks and Ambry Thomas has one interception.
The Black Knights are 7-0-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Wolverines are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Wolverines last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Black Knights last 5 road games.
The Michigan Wolverines didn't exactly beat the snot out of Middle Tennessee the way I thought they would and it always seems like this team just underachieves a little bit when going up against lesser competition. It's not easy to beat Army or any of those triple-option offenses when only having one week to prepare and the Wolverines didn't actually put away Air Force when they played a couple of years ago. With all that said, Army wasn't great offensively against Rice, and I have a hard time believing Michigan's defense is going to fold against a one-trick pony. You need balance when playing a great defense. Michigan should win this game with ease. Should. But it rarely happens under Jim Harbaugh.