|2011 Big Ten Network College Football Odds: Michigan vs. Northwestern|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 07 October 2011 08:00|
Michigan vs. Northwestern Odds
Michigan is 5-0 on the season and 4-1 against the point spread odds. Northwestern is 2-2 on the season and 2-2 against the spread. The Wildcats have also split the over/under in their four games while Michigan has hit the under in 3-of-5 games. Northwestern won the last meeting with Michigan in 2008, which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Wolverines.
Trends show that the under has hit in the last four games between these two teams. Northwestern is just 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 home games while Michigan is just 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games as a favorite.
Oddsmakers have made Michigan the road favorite in this game, giving them odds of -7 points at Northwestern on Saturday. The over/under odds for the game have been set at 59 points. (View Matchup)
Michigan is coming off a 58-0 win over Minnesota last week to end a five-game home stand to open the season. The Wolverines have been an offensive power, posting 37.2 points per game while allowing just 10.2 points per contest. The defensive scoring actually ranks second in the country right now. On offense, Michigan has been dominant on the ground, rushing for 272.6 yards per game, which ranks seventh in the nation. Quarterback Denard Robinson has rushed for 603 yards and six touchdowns while also passing for 793 yards and eight scores.
Northwestern has lost back-to-back road games, falling to Illinois 38-35 last week and 21-14 to Army back on Sept. 17. The Wildcats have been at home just one time this season. Northwestern is scoring 28.8 points per game while the defense is giving up 24.3 points per contest. Northwestern has relied more on the running game, as it averages 207.8 yards rushing per game. Mike Trumpy has been the leading running back with 182 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries.
In terms of Injuries, Michigan offensive lineman Ricky Barnum is questionable with an ankle injury while linebacker Cameron Gordon is questionable with a back injury. Northwestern defensive lineman Brian Arnfelt is questionable with a foot injury.
Currently over 4,300 Public Bets have been placed on this game and Michigan is getting 76% of the wagers with odds of -7 at Northwestern on Saturday.