It’s Michigan Week! This year, “The Game” means a bit more since Ohio State and the Wolverines will be competing for a Big Ten Championship and a possible College Football Playoff.
We want it to be scarlet and grey vs. maize and blue for all the conference marbles. In the 122-year history of the Big Ten, the two teams have won 76 Big Ten championships. While there is still one more step after this game, it simply feels fitting that the division title be decided by this game.
Ohio State’s winning strategy
Ohio State appears to be firing on all cylinders right now. There is plenty of reason to be optimistic after last week’s humiliation of Michigan State. When a defense limits a Heisman Trophy candidate running back to 25 yards rushing, there’s cause to be happy.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolverines’ defense will be the best they’ve encountered all year, allowing fewer than 300 yards per game. I’m also confident that Michigan hasn’t encountered an offensive with this much firepower, as Ohio has the nation’s best offense.
Aiden Hutchinson and David Ojabo, both sack experts, will have to be tracked down. Ojabo has ten sacks this season, while Hutchinson has 9.5. The offensive line must keep C.J. Stroud’s jersey clean and allow him time to target his exceptional receivers if Ryan Day expects to continue attacking through the air.
And against a Michigan team that focuses on the run, Ohio State will need a similar effort. The Wolverines enter the contest as the conference’s No. 2 running team, averaging close to 220 yards per game. Hassan Haskins has rushed for 1,000 yards and is the thunder to Blake Corum’s lightning.
It’s unclear if Corum will participate in Saturday’s game. If he does, however, he’s the type of back who can cause problems for Ohio State. Since November 6, when the team played Indiana, the running back has been sidelined with an injury.
When it comes to the Ohio State attack vs. Michigan defense, it may be a case of irresistible force vs. immovable object.
The Prognosis and the Result
With both teams likely to be in the top five and the Big Ten East on the line, it doesn’t get much bigger than Ohio State vs Michigan Football. If you win, you’ll be in contention for conference and national titles. If you lose, you’ll have to listen to your opponent brag for the next 365 days.
Michigan hasn’t had that luxury in a long time… At the time of writing, it has been 3,648 days. Is this the year Jim Harbaugh finally gets rid of the scarlet and grey monkey from his back? After this weekend, might Michigan be in the driver’s seat for a playoff? There’s always a possibility that Michigan will win this rivalry again, but we don’t think it will be this year.
Whatever you do, don’t miss this thrilling match!
Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Game Preview
Last weekend, the Big Ten saw a major shake-up as the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines defeated the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time since 2011. The Buckeyes controlled the game for a long time, but couldn’t secure the win to top the Big Ten East.
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan Wolverines will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend. Jim Harbaugh has finally taken his team to the promised land, and the College Football Playoff is now only one win away. It would be their first conference title since 1997, and it would turn Harbaugh’s Michigan coaching career around in a single game.
The Wolverines will face a suffocating Hawkeye defense, which is sixth in yards per play and eighth in turnover margin (1.08 per game). It’ll be intriguing to watch how they do against Michigan’s tenth-ranked scoring offense, which averages 451.2 yards per game.
Betting Trends for Michigan vs. Iowa
- In their previous eight games, the Wolverines have gone 7-1 against the spread (ATS).
- For 12 games, the Wolverines have gone 11-1 straight up (SU).
- In their previous nine games against the Hawkeyes, the Wolverines are 6-3 ATS.
- In their previous five games versus the West Division, the Wolverines are 4-1 ATS.
- For their previous 18 games, the Hawkeyes are 12-6 against the spread.
- In the past five meetings between these two clubs, the UNDER is 4-1.
- In their previous five games versus the East Division, the Hawkeyes are 5-0 ATS.
Prediction and Pick for Michigan vs. Iowa
Michigan was consistently underestimated by the bookmakers throughout the season but finished up leading the country with a 10-2 ATS record.
The offense is one of the most effective in the league, scoring all of those points and gaining all of those yards while mostly rushing the ball. Hassan Haskins is the centerpiece of this rushing assault, but Blake Corum’s efforts cannot be overlooked. They’re the essence of a one-two punch, and teams have struggled to deal with them.
Even though the Hawkeyes made it to the show, they are the weaker team here. On offense, they struggle to move the ball and average fewer than 300 yards each game. In terms of yards per game, they are outside the Top-120, while their 25.7 points per game rank them 81st. Iowa’s defense is the name of the game, as they rank in the Top-10 in opponent points per game (17.3), yards per game (315.8), and points per play (17.3). (0.240).
So, while Michigan has a huge lead on offense, their defense is on par with, if not better than, Iowa’s. We believe Michigan and Harbaugh have waited much too long for this opportunity to squander it. We’re betting they’ll run all over the Hawkeyes, cover, and punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff.
- Michigan Wolverines are a -11.0 favorite (-110)
Spread and Over/Under for Michigan vs. Iowa
- Michigan has a -11.0 point spread (-110), +11.0 for Iowa (-110)
- Michigan is a -440 favourite, while Iowa is a +350 favourite.
- Total: 44.0 (Under -110) (Over -110)
Michigan Wolverines vs. Maryland Terrapins Game Preview
The No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) visit Maryland Stadium on Saturday to face the Terrapins (5-5, 2-5). The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Since a 37-33 loss against Michigan State on Oct. 30, the Wolverines went on a two-win streak, making that their only loss of the season. Last Saturday, Michigan Football beat Penn State 21-17 as a 2.5-point underdog, keeping optimism alive in the East Division.
The Terrapins are hoping for a third time lucky as they try to win their sixth game and qualify for a bowl game.
Michigan Wolverines News
Since November 2014, the Michigan Wolverines have gone 5-1 against the Maryland Terrapins, and they’ll get another chance to win this Saturday. At 3:30 p.m. ET Wolverines and Maryland will square off in a Big Ten match-up at the Maryland Stadium. The Wolverines are looking to extend their two-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, the Maryland Terrapins were thrashed 40-21 by the Wolverines’ biggest rivals, Michigan State Spartans. Taulia Tagovailoa, the quarterback, had a disappointing game, getting one interception and fumbling one. With an anticipated 15-point margin of victory, the Wolverines are the favorites in this one.
Head-to-head match up between Michigan and Maryland
Michigan leads the series 8-1, with a 38-7 victory at College Park the last time these two teams faced. Maryland’s lone victory in the series occurred on Nov. 22, 2014, when the Terrapins defeated Michigan 23-16 in the Big House in the inaugural Big Ten conference game between the two teams. Here is a brief history of the matchups:
- November 2, 2019 — Wolverines 38, Maryland 7
- October 6, 2018 — Wolverines 21, Maryland 42
- November 11, 2017 — Wolverines 35, Maryland 10
- November 5, 2016 — Maryland 3, Wolverines 59
- October 3, 2015 — Wolverines 28, Maryland 0
Game Prediction And Odds
Michigan has had 49 offensive plays of 20 yards or more (29 passing, 20 running), or about five per game. The offense has scored in 34 of 40 quarters of play, including nine touchdowns of 50 yards or more.
Looking ahead to the next match, Michigan should be concerned though, but we believe they will be able to win against a Maryland club that has lost five of its last six games by double digits.
Maryland ranks in the lower half of the country in rush defense, which is the primary mode of attack for Michigan’s offense, which ranks 13th in the NCAA this season.
On the opposite side of the clash, the Terrapins’ attack will be plagued by dubious decision-making from quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, as the team ranks 117th in turnover margin. Against a middle-of-the-pack Maryland offensive line, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson will wreak havoc in the backfield.
Spread And Total
Against the Spread:
- Michigan: -15 (-110)
- Maryland: +15 (-110)
- Michigan: -650
- Maryland: +500
Total & Over/Under Odds
- 56.5 (Over -110/Under -110)
Penn State vs Michigan Game Preview
Out of the Tunnel: Michigan vs. Penn State
This is the most important game in Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan coaching career. Unless, of course, the Wolverines win, then, on Nov. 27, the Ohio State game in Ann Arbor becomes the most important game of his Michigan career.
Welcome to Jim Harbaugh’s highly scrutinized and deeply unsettling world. Where every week is a debate on when Michigan will be Michigan again. It’s another big game this time at Penn State. Which is not in the Big 10 East Division race but still has enough to sidetrack Michigan’s hopes. Wolverines have only played one crucial game this season, and they lost an 18 point lead to Michigan State on the road.
This season will be judged — fairly or not — on Michigan reaching The Game against Ohio State. This gives them a chance to win the East and play in the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time.
Penn began the season with Big Ten title aspirations, but quickly became a prime example of what can happen when a quarterback is injured. QB Sean Clifford’s upper-body injury cost the Lions a win at Iowa and another a week later against Illinois. Clifford was injured against Illinois and did not play in the second half against Iowa.
Penn’s three-game losing streak, which included a 9-point loss at Ohio State, was broken last week with a victory over Maryland.
Within the Michigan offense, there is a philosophical battle raging, and it is centered on the most important position on the field.
Cade McNamara is a reliable starter. He’s a quarterback who can make plays in a run-oriented system while throwing off play-action. But if Michigan can’t run the ball and McNamara has to throw — and the defense knows he has to throw — his velocity and ability are limited.
There’s freshman McCarthy J.J. who is an elite dual-threat. His big-play ability is only limited by the fact that he’ll make mistakes and has been careless with ball security at times.
Penn State Preview
Clifford is the center of attention. When he has been out, the offense has struggled to reach its full potential. On times when Clifford is healthy — and he’s getting there — the offense runs smoothly and the passing game is threatening with intermediate and deep throws. When he’s not there, the running game, which has battled all season, becomes an anchor for the offense.
At times when Penn State is unable to run the ball, it is unable to throw it effectively. That’s how you lose a nine-overtime game against one of the Big Ten’s weakest teams (Illinois). When the offense did anything it wanted for a half against the Hawkeyes — then couldn’t piece together first downs with Clifford hurt and out — that’s how you lose a game against Iowa.
Prediction: Michigan vs. Penn State
Penn State’s offense has been plagued by inconsistency all season. Michigan can find enough offense to get out of Happy Valley and onto the next major game in Harbaugh’s coaching career.
This is as long as they safeguard the ball and deal with the chaotic environment (see: avoid drive-killing false start penalties).
- Michigan will win, 20-16.
- Michigan +1 @ -110