Northwestern vs. Michigan Odds

2015 Big Ten College Football Week 6 Odds: Northwestern vs. Michigan

Two of the best defenses in the country meet up on Saturday at No. 18 Michigan hosts No. 13 Northwestern at 3:30PM ET on the Big Ten Network.

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According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Michigan is the favorite in this game, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -7.5 points against the Wildcats. The over/under total has been set at just 35 points. Michigan has won four straight over Northwestern, but the Wildcats have covered the spread in five of their last seven against the Wolverines. These two have hit the under in six of their last eight meetings.

Michigan is 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in the Big Ten, 3-2 against the spread and 5-0 with the under. Since a 24-17 road loss to Utah, Michigan has won its last four, all by at least 21 points. Michigan is second in the nation in scoring defense, giving up just 7.6 points per game. The Wolverines are also second in yards allowed at just 184 per game. On offense, Michigan is averaging 278 points and 392.6 yards per game, including 201.4 rushing yards per contest. Jake Rudock is leading the offense with 956 passing yards and five touchdowns, but he also has six interceptions. De’Veon Smith is the leading rusher with 331 yards and four touchdowns, but he is questionable for this game with a leg injury.

Northwestern is 5-0 on the season, 1-0 in the Big Ten, 4-1 against the spread and 5-0 with the under. The Wildcats opened the year with a 16-6 win over Stanford and has held every opponents below 20 points. Northwestern leads the nation in fewest points allowed at 7.0 and is fifth in yards allowed at 247.4 yards per game. Offensively, the Cats are putting up 25.4 points and 391 yards per game, including 248.8 rushing yards per contest. Justin Jackson is leading the offense with 636 rushing yards and one touchdown while Clayton Thorson has thrown for 711 yards and four scores while rushing for 165 yards and four touchdowns.

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