Western Michigan Broncos (0-1) at Michigan Wolverines (0-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 8, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -26 -- Over/Under:
The Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in college football action at Michigan Stadium.
The Western Michigan Broncos hope to avoid an 0-2 start to the season after losing to the Syracuse Orange, 42-55. The Western Michigan Broncos have split their last four road games. Jon Wassink is completing 52.8 percent of his passes for 379 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wassink has 10 touchdown passes in his last four games. D'Wayne Eskridge and Jayden Reed have combined for 361 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Drake Harris has one reception. The Western Michigan Broncos ground game is averaging 242 yards per contest, and LeVante Bellamy leads the way with 120 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 55 points and 560 yards per game. A.J. Thomas leads the Western Michigan Broncos with 13 tackles, Ali Fayad has one sack and Stefan Claiborne has one pass deflection.
The Michigan Wolverines need a bounce back performance after losing to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in their season opener. The Michigan Wolverines have won 12 of their last 14 home games. Shea Patterson is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 227 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Patterson has zero touchdown passes on his last 53 pass attempts. Nico Collins and Grant Perry have combined for 114 receiving yards on eight receptions while Donovan Peoples-Jones has six receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 58 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 72 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 24 points and 302 yards per game. Tyree Kinnel leads the Michigan Wolverines with eight tackles, Devin Bush has one sack and Brandon Watson has one interception.
The Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten, 19-8 ATS in their last 27 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Wolverines are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The over is 24-10-1 in Wolverines last 35 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Broncos last 5 games overall.
The Western Michigan Broncos have allowed 30-plus points in five of their last eight games and couldn't stop Syracuse when its starting quarterback was in the game. The Michigan Wolverines were awful in their loss to Notre Dame, as the offense couldn't do anything, putting the defense is rough spots. The Michigan Wolverines have failed to cover seven of their last eight games when a favorite of at least 20 points. The Western Michigan Broncos have covered four straight and six of their last seven games when an underdog of at least 20 points. Even with the way Michigan looked and those trends, this is a game where the Wolverines should bounce back. Western Michigan has nothing defensively, and Michigan's offense should play better at home and in a less pressure type game. This should be a blowout win for the home team.