College Football: Big Ten MICH vs. WISC
#24 Michigan Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) at #5 Wisconsin Badgers (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten)
November 18, 2017- 12:00 PM ET (TV FOX) Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
We have a good one in the Big Ten to kick off College Football Saturday as the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines will pay a visit into Camp Randall Stadium as they will aim to knock off the undefeated No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers in a pivotal matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Wolverines Lines: Youwager Spread (+7.5) ML +245
Best Badgers Lines: MyBookie Spread (-7) ML -280
Over/Under: BetOnline 40.0
Seeking to strengthen their College Football Playoff rankings, Big Ten rivals Michigan at 8-2 (5-2) and Wisconsin at 10-0 (7-0) will be in for a dogfight as two of the nation’s best defenses will figure to highlight this showdown.
But, as the Wolverines enter on a three-game win streak, they will enter a hostile environment with a young, inexperienced quarterback in freshman Brandon Peters. With Peters under center for the fifth consecutive game where he thrown for 329 yards with four touchdowns, expect the Wolverines to rely heavily on the tandem rushing of backs Karan Higdon and Chris Evans.
Higdon, a junior has rushed for 854 yards on 129 carries with 10 of those finding the endzone, but will enter this contest with a sprained ankle suffered in last week’s win over Maryland. Higdon is expected to be suited up and ready to play after practicing this week.
For the Badgers, who have a chance to move into one of the four CFP berths with a huge win, they will have their QB in sophomore Alex Hornibrook calling the plays. Hornibrook has thrown for 1,863 yards with 17 touchdowns, but his 10 picks is a concern heading in; something the Michigan defense will set their sights on.
True freshman, Jonathan Taylor will lead the way for the Badgers has he is rushing for 152.5 yards per game; a mark good for fourth in the nation.
And getting back to the defenses of both teams, the Wolverines are allowing 16.4 points per game on 254.8 yards against, while Wisconsin is yielding 13.4 points on 247.6 points per game.
Points may be at a premium for both teams, but with an inexperienced QB under center for Michigan, we can see why the Wolverines enter a touchdown underdog. For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring WISC (-7) points over MICH, while 5Dimes is giving the visiting road team (+7.5) points.
XBet delivers the over/under with 40.0 total game points scored. Still feeling enough points to be put on the board, I will favor the OVER of 40.0 total game points scored as my best betting pick in what will be a good one.