Northwestern Wildcats (5-0) at Michigan Wolverines (4-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 10, 2015, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -8.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Northwestern Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines meet in a Big Ten battle Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
The Northwestern Wildcats look to remain unbeaten while picking up their second road win of the year. Clayton Thorson is completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 711 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Thorson is currently 11th in the Big Ten in completion percentage. Dan Vitale and Christian Jones have combined for 353 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Austin Carr has four receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 248.8 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 636 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing seven points and 247.4 yards per game. Anthony Walker leads the Wildcats with 44 tackles, Deonte Gibson has 2.5 sacks and Matthew Harris has three interceptions. Garrett Dickerson, Geoff Mogus and Matt Frazier are questionable.
The Michigan Wolverines look to string together five straight wins with their second Big Ten victory. Jake Rudock is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 956 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Rudock has a touchdown pass in 10 of his last 13 games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 503 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has 11 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 201.4 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 331 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 7.6 points and 184 yards per game. Joe Bolden leads the Wolverines with 32 tackles, Maurice Hurst has three sacks and Jeremy Clark has three interceptions. De'Veon Smith, Joe Kerridge and Brian Cole are questionable.
The Wildcats are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Michigan and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.
This line is straight up BS. Northwestern continues to fly under the radar for whatever reason but let me be the first to tell you, the Wildcats are no joke, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Northwestern gives up nothing easy and has a running game that wears a team down over time. I wouldn't be surprised if Northwestern won this game outright, but the points make this game a strong, strong play for me.