• Michigan, off a bye, won their last game at Nebraska, 32-29. 
  • Northwestern beat Rutgers 21-7 at home last week. 
  • Michigan beat Northwestern 20-17 in their last meeting in 2018. 

Saturday marks a huge sandwich game for the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan travels to East Lansing to play currently undefeated Michigan State in their next contest. 

Northwestern has had about as disappointing of a season as they could’ve drawn up. The Wildcats won the Big 10 West last season and pushed Ohio State to the brink in the Big 10 Championship game. This year is a different team.

Michigan is a heavy favorite at home on Saturday, but this game has the potential to be closer than the experts think with Michigan coming off a bye with their biggest game to date coming next week. Which Michigan will show up is the question on everyone’s mind. 

Michigan vs Northwestern Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Northwestern at Michigan
  • Where: Ann Arbour, MI and Michigan Stadium
  • Date: 10/23/21
  • Betting Odds: Michigan -23.5, (-1750), O/U: 50 (at DraftKings)

Michigan Preview: A Wildcat Sandwich

What is a sandwich spot? Michigan’s last game was an emotional high, a win at Nebraska, and their next contest is a huge game on the road against Michigan State. Northwestern is the meat inside of a Nebraska and Michigan State sandwich.

College kids are not the same players each week. Outside of 2019 LSU and some of the great Alabama teams, each college team has some inexplicable performances.

Saturday feels like it could be one of those from Michigan. 

Also, College teams off of bye weeks have a tendency to start slow. Michigan might be able to afford to start slow against Northwestern and still win comfortably.  

From a gambling perspective, be on the lookout for a slow start from Michigan, at home, at noon eastern, against a weak opponent. 

Northwestern Preview: Tale of Two Seasons

Last year was special for the Northwestern Wildcats. They had Ohio State on the ropes in Indianapolis, only to come up short in the end. 

This year is not nearly the same team. Northwestern ranks 85th in offense and 103rd in defense. Basically, they don’t do anything well. 

Yet, they are coming off their first conference win of the year, a two-touchdown win against Rutgers. Northwestern was coming off of a bye and looked like a different team. 

Pat Fitzgerald is one of the most underrated coaches in America. Although his team is off to a dreadful start, they might have turned some corner last week. It’s almost impossible to see them win at Michigan, but expect a good effort. 

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

Michigan enters this game 5-1 against the spread. Their only loss against the spread was similar to Saturday’s contest. 20.5 point favorites at home against Big 10 whipping boy Rutgers. 

Northwestern is 2-3 against the spread but has covered two of their last three contests. No, Northwestern is not a good team, but they may have started to turn a corner. 

I like Northwestern to cover this big number because of the sandwich spot for Michigan and a few signs that Fitzgerald might be figuring it out. 

Michigan vs Northwestern Pick

  • KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: Northwestern +23.5 (at DraftKings)

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