Northwestern at Michigan odds, picks and prediction

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The Northwestern Wildcats (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) and No. 6 Michigan Wolverines (6-0, 3-0) meet for a Saturday noon ET game at Michigan Stadium. Below, we look at the Northwestern vs. Michigan odds and lines, and make our expert college football picks, predictions and bets.

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Northwestern is coming off a 21-7 victory over Rutgers. The Wildcats allowed a 97-yard touchdown drive early in the second quarter and almost nothing else in a contest that saw them hold the Scarlet Knights to 222 total yards. On the season, NU has struggled in finishing on drives. The Wildcats' red-zone scoring percentage (68.2%) ranks 122nd in the nation.

The Wolverines are coming off a bye week after a three-point win (32-29) at Nebraska Oct. 9. Michigan covered a 2.5-point spread against the Cornhuskers and has gone 5-1 against the spread this season. UM has been stingy against both the run and the pass in holding foes to 15.5 points per game (eighth FBS).

Northwestern at Michigan odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Northwestern +900 (bet $100 to win $900) | Michigan -2000 (bet $2,000 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Northwestern +23.5 (-110) | Michigan -23.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 50.5 (O: -120 | U: -105)

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Northwestern at Michigan odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Michigan 31, Northwestern 14

Money line

Peg the true odds as being sandwiched in the substantial middle area here: AVOID.

Against the spread

The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS against winning teams. The underdog is 4-1 over the last five Michigan-Northwestern contests.

With just the slightest fade to Michigan's offense but with little faith in the Wildcats offense, BACK NORTHWESTERN +23.5 (-110). What faith there is in the visitors is invested in a passing game that may give Michigan defensive backs trouble.

Over/Under

The Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these Big Ten crossover foes. Saturday may not offer up idea weather conditions for scoring in the Detroit area.

T AKE THE UNDER 50.5 (-105).

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