It’s difficult to be optimistic as a Michigan Football fan right now. This is especially true after the Wolverines’ heartbreaking defeat to Michigan State last Saturday. On a positive note, Saturday is fast approaching, as is the game against the Indiana Hoosiers. This Michigan football squad, according to Jim Harbaugh, will be ready to play.
The Wolverines recognize that they squandered chances last time out and that even if they weren’t given a “fair shake,” as Harbaugh put it, they might have left East Lansing with a win.
However, the season isn’t done yet. Not at all. The Michigan football team is 7-1 and rated tenth in the Associated Press poll. In the College Football Playoff, Michigan should be in the top ten.
The Wolverines should be at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings, giving them a chance to play in a large bowl game and an outside shot at the playoffs if they win it.
Carrying a grudge from last time out, this team should be fired up to defeat the Indiana Hoosiers. Last year’s team was the first in decades to lose to Indiana. Now it’s time to make amends and exact some retribution!
Indiana Team News
The Indiana Hoosiers will try to avenge a 38-35 loss to Maryland in their most recent meeting. Because Michael Penix Jr. is still out with an injury, Jack Tuttle and Donaven McCulley are tipped to fill in at quarterback.
Stephen Carr leads the Hoosiers in running yards with 588 and six touchdowns. Peyton Hendershot leads the team in receiving yards with 447 and four scores. Miles Marshall has 213 receiving yards, while D.J. Matthews Jr. has 165 receiving yards for the year.
Ty Fryfogle leads the team in 445 receiving yards on 38 receptions. Micah McFadden leads the team with 50 total tackles and 5.5 sacks, while Cam Jones leads the team with 45 total tackles.
Wolverines Thirsty For A Comeback
The Michigan Wolverines will attempt to avenge a 37-33 loss to rival Michigan State in their last meeting. Cade McNamara has passed for 1,498 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions on 63.2% passing.
Blake Corum leads the team with 774 running yards and ten touchdowns, while Hassan Haskins has 661 rushing yards and ten scores. Cornelius Johnson leads Michigan’s receiving corps with 348 yards. Erick Ali, Daylin Baldwin, and Mike Sainristil each have 200 yards or more this season, and three other Wolverines have at least 100 yards.
Prediction And Odds
Michigan football is 5-2 against the spread this season. The only other time the Wolverines failed to cover the spread came against Rutgers at home.
The Hoosiers scored 28 points in four games against Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, and Ohio State. While their quarterback has been injured, the offense is in desperate need of skilled players, and the defense, while not bad, is slowly crumbling.
We forecast that the ferocious Michigan team will take its frustrations out on the Hoosiers, with whoever is at quarterback bearing the brunt of the blame.
When the Indiana Hoosiers (2-6, 0-5 Big Ten) face the No. 9 Michigan Wolverines, they will look to snap a four-game losing streak (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten).
The Wolverines, who are -18.5 against the spread, host the Hoosiers on November 6, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. ET with +737 money line odds to win. The current total for the competition is 50.5.
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 football vs. Ohio State Game Preview
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 State Spartans vs. Penn State Game Preview
Penn State Football has performed to the level of its competitors for much of the season. This has resulted in an unusual defeat to Illinois and tight games against top-10 ranked Ohio State and MSU’s nearest rivals, Michigan Football.
The Nittany Lions face a top-15 rated Spartans squad in the season finale, who are coming off their worst loss of the season. That 56-7 thrashing by the Buckeyes where they never had a chance.
Following a strong performance against Rutgers, Penn State freshman Christian Veilleux might be rushed into his first career start. Playing Veilleux over Sean Clifford at this point in the season may be best for the program and Clifford, and it may just help the Nittany Lions capitalize on their chances.
Team News, Lions:
First and foremost, Penn State players must regain their full health. Due to flu-like symptoms, 21 players missed the Rutgers game, and the offensive line was down four starters at one point. In addition, quarterback Sean Clifford’s condition has been called into question once again. Now it’s time to applaud Penn State’s defense. Even though Rutgers didn’t bring much offense to Beaver Stadium, Penn State was still dominant.
Rutgers drove into Penn State territory on one of its 14 possessions, reaching the red zone in the third quarter. Jaquan Brisker and Arnold Ebiketie teamed up to force Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral into a sack-fumble. Rutgers recovered but subsequently turned over possession in plenty.
Penn State’s 14th red-zone stop of the season (in 37 drives) is a remarkable accomplishment. Especially for a defense that ranks second in the country in allowing the fewest touchdowns. Brisker, Ebiketie, tackle Derrick Tangelo, linebacker Ellis Brooks, and corner-back Joey Porter Jr. have all been outstanding this season. Jordan Stout, the punter, deserves credit for trapping Rutgers within the 20-yard line on six of his eight punts.
After a lackluster performance against the Buckeyes, Michigan State is physically and psychologically exhausted. Ohio State led 49-0 at half-time and went on to win by 49 points while accumulating 655 yards of offense.
Jalen Nailor, left tackle Jarrett Horst, defensive tackle Simeon Barrow, and cornerback Charles Brantley were all inactive for the Spartans. Kenneth Walker III, the Big Ten’s leading rusher, and Jayden Reed, the team’s leading receiver, were both injured during the game.
Spartans coach Mel Tucker, like Penn State’s James Franklin, does not discuss injuries publicly. So, there will be few updates until Saturday.
Michigan State’s pass defense, on the other hand, has been obvious. The Spartans allow the most completions (341), total passing yards (3,739), and yards per game (339.9) of any of the 130 FBS teams. The number of completions is incredible, with 70 more than Hawaii, which ranks 129th with just 271 completions permitted. Penn State will almost certainly throw across Spartan Stadium, whether Clifford or Christian Veilleux start at quarterback.
Odds And Predictions
- Penn State is favored by a score of -1.
- 53.5 in total