Western Michigan at Michigan: 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Western Michigan at Michigan: 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Kirthmon F. Dozier via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Michigan Wolverines (0-0) vs Western Michigan Broncos (0-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Michigan Stadium)

Betting Odds: Michigan Wolverines -17 -- Over/Under: 67 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan Wolverines face off on Saturday in a Week 1 college football showdown at Michigan Stadium. The last time these two teams faced off was in 2018 and Michigan was able to win 49-3

Western Michigan has high expectations coming into this season after finishing last year with a 4-2 record overall. Even with the success, Western Michigan did lose their last two games of the season including their last game against Ball State 30-27. Western Michigan is a quick hit offense and last season they averaged 41.7 points per game. Top receiver Dee Eskridge left for the NFL draft, but they still have a lot of talent back Kaleb Eleby is back under center after being named to the third team All-MAC last season. On defense, Western Michigan lost a lot of players, and they were a defense that wasn’t all that strong last season. Opposing teams averaged almost 400 yards per game last season. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Michigan Wolverines who have a lot of pressure on them again this year after finishing last season with a 2-4 record. This is a Michigan team that has a lot of questions heading into the season but they have named Cade McNamara the starting quarterback. Last season, McNamara saw limited action throwing for 425 yards and five touchdowns. McNamra is one of the best high school players in Nevada high school history, and there is a lot riding on his shoulder. 

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Western Michigan is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games. Michigan is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games overall. The over is 7-3-1 in Western Michigan’s last 11 road games. The over is 10-4 in Michigan’s last 14 games as a home favorite. The favorite is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between Western Michigan and Michigan. 

Western Michigan hsa a good offense, but they are facing a Michigan defense that is even better. Western Michigan’s defense is going to allow McNamara to do whatever he wants on offense, and this game is going to get out of hand early. Back Michigan against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Michigan -17

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