BYU Cougars (2-1) at Michigan Wolverines (2-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 26, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -4.5 -- Over/Under:
The BYU Cougars and Michigan Wolverines play Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
The BYU Cougars look to bounce back after their close loss to the UCLA Bruins. Tanner Mangum is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 664 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Mangum has three touchdowns and three picks in his last two games. Mitchell Juergens and Mitch Mathews have combined for more than 420 receiving yards and five touchdowns while senior Devon Blackmon has 14 receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 121.6 yards per contest, and Adam Hiné leads the way with 279 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, BYU is allowing 25.3 points and 402.7 yards per game. Michael Wadsworth leads the Cougars with 22 tackles, Harvey Langi has three sacks and Kai Nacua has four interceptions.
The Michigan Wolverines look for their third straight victory and first over a ranked team. Jake Rudock is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 582 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions. Rudock has thrown a pick in four of his last five games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for more than 310 receiving yards and two touchdowns while senior Jehu Chesson has five receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 185 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 206 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 12.7 points and 236.7 yards per game. Joe Bolden leads the Wolverines with 26 tackles, Taco Charlton has 1.5 sacks and Jeremy Clark has two interceptions. Joe Kerridge is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss. The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
Honestly, I've been far more impressed with what BYU has done so far this season than Michigan. The Cougars are a tough minded team at both ends of the field while the Wolverines still seem to be finding their groove. I'll take the points here and even give BYU a chance to win outright.