Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats: College Football Week 11 Betting Odds and Picks

Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Saturday, 11/8/14, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan PK
Current Betting Line:  Michigan -1.5
Opening Total:  41
Current Total:  40.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Michigan Wolverines have one of the top defenses in the country
The Michigan Wolverines have one of the top defenses in the country

Michigan has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to build off a 34-10 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers as 7.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while capturing the statistical battle by 213 yards.  The Wolverines rank fifth in the Big Ten Conference and ninth nationally in total defense, which is important to consider when making your Week 11 college football betting picks, as they’ve surrendered just 304.9 yards per game.  Michigan is 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS when the betting line is between +3 and -3 the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 4-3 in that situation.

The Wolverines have racked up 66 tackles for loss during the 2014 campaign, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting odds, with 12 of those coming last time out.  Michigan needs the offense to take the next step, including senior quarterback Devin Gardner, who has ranks third in the Big Ten and 34th nationally with a completion percentage of 63.1.

Northwestern is 0-3 SUATS in its last three games, as it returns home after suffering a 48-7 blowout loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes as three-point underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.  Wildcats true freshman running back Justin Jackson continues to make a name for himself against conference opponents, as he’s averaging 90.8 rushing yards per game.  Offensively, the team is scoring just 19.1 points a contest, as it gains 3.2 yards a carry.  Northwestern is 11-8 SU and 9-10 ATS at home since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The Wildcats have succeeded in taking care of the ball on offense, as they pace the Big Ten and sit 15th in fewest turnovers lost this year with nine.  Northwestern’s forgettable season is definitely surprising, as head coach Pat Fitzgerald retained all nine of his assistant coaches for a third straight offseason before the start of the year.  The school is hoping that quarterback Trevor Siemian can continue playing at a consistent level, as he’s throwing for 190.0 yards per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to the underdog covering the number in five of the last six meetings in this rivalry.

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