Western Michigan vs. Michigan Total Pick
Will No. 21 Michigan be able to find some offense this weekend when the Wolverines play their home opener on Saturday against Western Michigan at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Noon ET – Michigan Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Michigan is the clear favorite in this game, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -28 points against the Broncos. The over/under total is currently listed at 53.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 69 percent going on Michigan at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Western Michigan falls in shootout
The Western Michigan football team got a rare chance to host a Power 5 school in Week 1, when it hosts Syracuse on Friday and lost 55-42. The Broncos were a 5-point underdog but easily hit the over of 65.5 points. Western Michigan has hit the over in four of its last five games overall.
In the loss to the Orang, Western Michigan trailed 34-7 at halftime, but managed to make a game of it in the second half. The two teams combined for nearly 1,200 yards of offense, as WMU had 621 and Syracuse had 560. WMU quarterback Jon Wassink threw for 379 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 19 of 36 passing. D’Wayne Eskridge caught eight passes for 240 yards and two scores while LeVante Bellamy rushed for 120 yards and two scores on 11 carries. Defensively, WMU gave up 334 rushing yards to the Orange in the loss.
Michigan looks ugly at ND
Michigan looked rough in its season opener at Notre Dame, losing 24-17. The Wolverines were a 2.5-point favorite at kickoff and the two went under the 47.5-point total. Michigan has hit the under in three of its last five overall, but has went over in three straight home games.
Though Michigan lost by just a touchdown, Notre Dame controlled the majority of the game. The Irish led 21-3 and held Michigan to just one offensive touchdown. Michigan finished with 307 total yards of offense and only 58 rushing yards on 33 attempts. Karan Higdon rushed for 72 yards on 21 carries while new quarterback Shea Patterson had 227 passing yards on 20 of 30 passing. Despite being a strong defensive team last year, Michigan allowed 132 rushing yards to Notre Dame.
College Football Betting Trends
The Broncos have hit the under in five straight games against Big Ten opponents, but have went over inf our of their last five non-conference games.
Michigan has hit the over in 13 of its last 16 games following a failed cover and in seven of their last 10 non-conference games.
These two have hit the under in two straight meetings, but I expect Michigan’s offense to look good this week. The Wolverines have been able to beat up on pretty bad defenses and really struggle against good ones. Western already gave up a lot of rushing yards to Syracuse, which should allow Michigan to find some chemistry in its run game this week. I also think the Broncos can score some points against Michigan, as the Wolverines didn’t look sharp against the Irish until Notre Dame really got conservative on offense.
College Football Prediction: Western Michigan/Michigan Over 53.5