Washington at Michigan - 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

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Michigan Wolverines (1-0) vs Washington Huskies (0-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Michigan Stadium)

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The Washington Huskies will travel to Michigan Stadium to take on the Michigan Wolverines this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Washington Huskies struggled in their season opener last week as although they came into the season ranked in the top-25, the Huskies fell to 0-1 after being defeated by the FCS Montana Grizzlies, 13-7, this past Saturday. Washington scored a quick TD at the beginning of the game to take an early lead, however, the offensive could get nothing going for the rest of the game and could not fight back after a 4-yard rushing TD by the Grizzles Camron Humphrey gave Montana a 10-7 lead with 10:35 left in the 4th quarter. Washington outgained Montana by a 291-232 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the loss. Offensively, Washington was led by WR Cade Otton who had 8 receptions for 82 yards. QB Dylan Morris completed 27 of 46 passes for 226 yards & 3 INT while rushing for a TD. The other top receivers for the Huskies were Taj Davis (6 rec, 59 yards), & Cameron Davis (3 rec, 29 yards). Leading the way for the Huskies was RB Richard Newton who had 62 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Defensively, Washington did a solid job limiting the Montana passing attack, however, the Grizzlies were able to find some success on the ground, racking up 127 rushing yards & 1 TD. Leading the way for the Huskies defense was Camden Sirmon (9 tackles, 0.5 TFL), Kyler Gordon (7 tackles, 1 TFL), & Cooper McDonald (2 tackles, 1 sack).

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The Michigan Wolverines looked impressive in their season opener and improved to 1-0 on the season after defeating the Western Michigan Broncos, 47-14, this past Saturday. Michigan was tremendous on the offensive side of the ball against Western Michigan and easily pulled away for victory after a 74-yard TD run by A.J. Henning gave the Wolverines a 33-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Michigan outgained Western Michigan by a 551-317 margin and didn’t commit a turnover in the victory. Offensively, Michigan was led by the RB trio of Blake Corum, A.J. Henning, & Hassan Haskins who combined for 254 yards & 3 TD’s. QB Cade McNamara completed 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards & 2 TD’s. The top receiving threats for the Wolverines were Ronnie Bell (1 rec, 76 yards, TD) & Daylen Baldwin (1 rec, 69 yards, TD). The Wolverines did lose Ronnie Bell for the season due to a knee injury suffered against Western Michigan.

Defensively, Michigan did a solid job against the Western Michigan rushing attack as they held the Broncos to just 126 rushing yards on 32 carries (3.9 yds/carry). Leading the way for the Wolverines defense was Daxton Hill (6 tackles, 1 PD), Aidan Hutchinson (4 tackles, 1 sack), & Josh Ross (6 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 2 QB Hur).

The Huskies are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Despite these teams having very different outcomes last week, I do think this should be a competitive matchup. Washington struggled last week, however, this is a much better team than what we saw against Montana and are very balanced on both sides of the ball. Michigan looked great offensively last week and have plenty of experience on the offensive line, however, they also did play a Western Michigan team that ranked just 94th in scoring defense last season. Michigan is better than what we saw last season, however, I’m not willing to write off Washington just yet and as I think Washington defense will be able to give a Wolverines team that lost their best receiver some trouble, I think Washington bounces back here and covers with the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Washington Huskies +7

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