Cincinnati vs. Michigan Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan is favored heavily at home, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -34 points against Cincinnati. The over/under total for the game is listed at 50 points. These two will meet up from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with the contest airing live on ABC.
Cincinnati started the season with a 26-14 win over Austin Peay. The Bearcats were a 43-point favorite coming into the game, so they clearly are 0-1 against the spread this season. Cincinnati didn’t get much offense in the win, as they were held to just 248 total yards. The defense did their job as Cincy held the Governors to just 313 yards total and only 89 passing yards. Mike Boon led the Bearcats in the win by rushing for 100 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown. Hayden Moore had 151 passing yards with three touchdowns.
Michigan is coming off a 33-17 win over Florida last Saturday. The Wolverines were easily able to cover the 4.5-point spread in the victory. The U-M defense was dominant in the win, holding Florida to just 192 total yards. They also forced three turnovers and had six sacks. Devin Bush led the team with seven tackles and two sacks. Offensively, Michigan was okay, but quarterback Wilton Speight threw a pair of interceptions for touchdowns to allow Florida to stay in the game. Speight finished with 181 passing yards and a touchdown while Ty Isaac led the offense with 114 rushing yards.
If Cincinnati struggled to move the ball against Austin Peay, it’s hard to imagine the Bearcats moving the ball against this Michigan defense in Ann Arbor. The question of covering the spread will be if the Wolverines can move the ball enough on Cincinnati. The Michigan line should be able to control the line of scrimmage and allow for a big day on the ground, but the Wolverines will likely have to pass the ball well as well. Michigan is 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September. Take a chance on them covering today.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: MICHIGAN -34