Michigan vs. Rutgers Prediction
Can No. 4 Michigan go on the road and cover nearly a 30-point spread against Rutgers today at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Michigan is the clear favorite in this game, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -29.5 points against the Scarlet Knights. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 53 points. The home team has won the two Big Ten meetings between these two, but the Wolverines have covered the spread in both games.
Michigan got tested last week but found a way to grind out a 14-7 win over Wisconsin to improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are now 3-2 against the spread this season. Even with the lackluster offensive showing against the Badgers, Michigan still has an offense that is averaging 44.4 points and 444 yards per game this season. Quarterback Wilton Speight has thrown for 1,094 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the offense while De’Veon Smith is the leading rusher with 325 yards while Chris Evans has added 247 yards. Defensively, Michigan is one of the best in the country, holding opponents to 12.4 points and 247.6 yards per game.
Rutgers is coming off a 58-0 drubbing at Ohio State last week to fall to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten, as well as 2-3 against the spread. The Scarlet Knights have scored a total of just 20 points in their three losses this season. The Knights are giving up 32.4 points and 423.8 yards per game on defense, including 227.4 rushing yards per contest. On offense, Rutgers is putting up just 21.8 points and 333 yards per game. Chris Laviano has thrown for 680 yards and five touchdowns this season while Robert Martin has run for 398 yards and a score.
It will be interesting to see how Michigan handles playing in its first road game, but this is a good opponent to have for your first road game. The Wolverines shouldn’t have any problems handling the Rutgers offense, the question is whether or not Michigan can put up enough points to cover. Given what Ohio State did last week, Michigan should be motivated to try and match that effort to send a message to the Buckeyes. Look for Michigan to cover in this one.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 6 PREDICTION: MICHIGAN -29.5