Michigan vs. Wisconsin Prediction
Big Ten rivals clash in Madison, WI on Saturday when No. 14 Michigan takes on Wisconsin at 12:00 p.m. ET. Will the Badgers continue to dominate the Wolverines at the betting window or is Michigan the better bet this afternoon?
199 Michigan Wolverines (+2) at 200 Wisconsin Badgers (-2); o/u 43.5
12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 2, 20201
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Michigan Wolverines Game Notes
Michigan sophomore QB Cade McNamara completed 9-of-16 passes for 163 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Michigan's 20-13 win over Rutgers. McNamara (6'1"/212) was not asked to do much, but played a very solid first half. He started 8-of-11and had a number of big passes, particularly on the second drive where he hit Erick All and Roman Wilson for big gains. His final positive play came in the dying seconds of the first half, where he stood tall under pressure and side-armed a pass to Mike Sainristil on a slant that he took for 51 yards. After that though, McNamara and the whole Michigan offense stagnated, and they failed to score in the second half at all. McNamara went 1-of-5 to end the game. With Rutgers shutting down the run game hard, it seemed difficult for McNamara and the passing game to get anything going as well. A win is still a win, but McNamara will hope for a much better performance next week against Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Badgers Game Notes
Wisconsin redshirt sophomore QB Graham Mertz completed 18-of-41 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in Saturday’s 41-13 loss to Notre Dame. Things weren’t necessarily going well for Mertz early. But boy did they get ugly late. Mertz threw back-to-back pick-sixes to end the game, as a 27-13 Irish lead with three minutes left swelled into a verifiable 41-13 route. Mertz was supposed to be Wisconsin's solution at quarterback. He hasn't been that. Mertz has a 1/6 TD/INT ratio during Wisconsin's 1-2 start, and now holds a career 10/11 TD/INT ratio in 10 starts (12 games). Wisconsin will likely stick with him for now, but if Mertz doesn't pick it up, expect the Badgers to pursue a starting option in the transfer portal this offseason. The Badgers have a tough matchup on deck against top-20 Michigan.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin Week 5 Betting Prediction
The Wolverines are 0-6 against the spread in their last six games versus the Badgers in Wisconsin and are 1-6 at the betting window in the last seven meetings between these two teams overall. The home team is also 7-3-1 against the number in the last 11 meetings while the favorite has cashed in four straight meetings overall.
College Football Week 5 Prediction: WISCONSIN BADGERS -2