Betting Preview: Michigan Heavy Favorite vs. Northwestern

Betting Preview: Michigan Heavy Favorite vs. Northwestern
By Lou Monaco

The Michigan Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten East) look to continue their hot play and shoot for a seventh straight win when they host Northwestern (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten West) at noon (FOX).

Currently, the Wolverines are 23.5-point Michigan online sports betting favorites with three mobile sportsbooks (BetMGM Michigan, Caesars, DraftKings) and its money line numbers as a favorite vary: -1400 (BetMGM), -2000 (DraftKings) and -2400 (Caesars).

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Northwestern, which is looking for its first road win of the season and is coming off a 21-7 home victory against Rutgers last Saturday, is a moneyline underdog at +825 (BetMGM), +1000 (DraftKings Michigan) and +1100 (Caesars Michigan).

Michigan has a road matchup at rival Michigan State next week, which could be huge for Michigan online gambling, so an opportunity to overlook Northwestern looms large, but it likely won’t happen with the Wolverines coming off of a bye week.

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Both Coming Off Wins

Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara completed 22-of-38 passes for 255 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in a come-from-behind 32-29 victory at Nebraska on Oct. 9.

The running back duo of Hassan Haskins (21 carries, 123 yards, 2 TDs against the Cornhuskers) and Blake Corum (13-89-1) continues to be the core of a Michigan offense that averages 440.5 yards and 38.5 points per game.

Northwestern quarterback Ryan Hilinski completed 18-of-33 passes for 267 yards and two TDs in the Rutgers win and will need another solid performance for the Wildcats to have a chance against the Wolverines. The Wildcats’ offense is averaging 374.7 yards and 21.8 points per game.

Who Will Win?

Prediction: If there is one thing about Northwestern, head coach Pat Fitzgerald always will have his team prepared and ready to compete against anyone. The Rutgers win provides the Wildcats with confidence to try for their first road win.

But after Michigan had a bye week to get healthy and with bigger games down the road, the Wolverines will be ready and will not be sleepwalking in this one.

Look for Michigan to take control early with a couple of first half turnovers and lead big by halftime. Michigan 38, Northwestern 14.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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