UNLV Rebels (0-2) at Michigan Wolverines (1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -34 -- Over/Under: 49.5
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The UNLV Rebels and Michigan Wolverines square off Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
The UNLV Rebels could use an upset victory after a rough 0-2 start to the season. Blake Decker is completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 371 yards, two touchdown and one interception. Decker is questionable with a hamstring injury. Devonte Boyd and Kendal Keys have combined for more than 220 receiving yards and one touchdown while senior Aaron Criswell has four receptions. The UNLV Rebels ground game is averaging 172.5 yards per contest, and Keith Whitely leads the way with 141 yards on 33 carries. Defensively, UNLV is allowing 37.5 points and 535.5 yards per game. Peni Vea leads the Rebels with 17 tackles, Tau Lotulelei has 2.5 tackles for loss and Trent Langham has an interception. Jeremiah Valoaga and Kyle Anderson are questionable with injuries.
The Michigan Wolverines look to build on their victory last week over Oregon State. Jake Rudock is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 459 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Rudock has thrown at least one pick in three of his last four games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for more than 260 receiving yards and two touchdowns while senior Jehu Chesson has four receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 150.5 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 173 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 15.5 points and 237.5 yards per game. Joe Bolden leads the Wolverines with 20 tackles, Chris Wormley has six tackles for loss and Jeremy Clark has an interception. Jourdan Lewis is questionable with a concussion.
The Rebels are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten. The Wolverines are 7-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in September.
I'm not sure the Michigan Wolverines are dialed in just yet enough to blow a team out. Michian still seems to be feeling players out and its new coaching staff. So, while UNLV is far less talented, I think the Rebels can hang around just enough here to cover.
If forced to pick, give me the boatload of points.