As they travel to Maryland stadium for a matchup with the Terrapins, Michigan will look to run up the score this Saturday, searching for a playoff berth. The Wolverines enter the game with a mighty impressive 9-1 record and an even more impressive defense that has only allowed 301.6 yards per game.
That will likely make life tough on Tua’s brother, who leads a high-flying passing attack and needs to find extra gear to succeed against the Wolverines’ quality.
Michigan Wolverines Betting Preview:
Things were not looking good for most of that last game against the Penn State Nittany Lions, but the Wolverines managed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive narrowly. Cade McNamara was solid in that one throwing for 217 yards and three touchdowns and keeping things clean without an interception.
The real standout on the offensive side of the ball for the Wolverines was Hassan Haskins, who rushed the ball 31 times for 156 yards, and that was his second game in a row with over 150+ rushing yards, so he certainly is starting to get rolling in a big way.
Haskins will undoubtedly be a big part of the offensive game plan once again against a Terrapins front 7, allowing 157.5 rushing yards per game. That really is the key to this game because if you can dominate time of possession, you will be in a great spot against a Terrapins team who loves to throw the ball.
I would not expect this one to be as close as the Penn State game was, with the Wolverines being favored by 15 here, and for me, this is not so much a question of the Wolverines winning or not, but how much they will win by.
Maryland Terrapins Betting Preview:
The season started out great for Maryland, going 4-0 to kick things off, but it has been a struggle with the level of competition increasing greatly in the middle of the season. This team has not shown that they can hang with high-level competition, which is what they will get this Saturday.
The way the Terrapins come close to winning this game is with some luck in the turnover department, but that is very tough to predict, and it is not like the Wolverines have been turning the ball over with great regularity this year.
One positive for the Terrapins in their last game against the Spartans is that they did manage to move the ball well with 447 total yards. It is tough to see that happening again with the defense on the other side of this one, but at least they can have these spike offensive performances.
Even if they can move the ball and put up some points, there is still a big problem with their defense. They have allowed 415.7 total yards to opponents this year, and the Wolverines really do have the talent to take full advantage on the other end of things.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Maryland Terrapins Betting Lines & Odds
The side seems very cut and dry to me, as I would have had Michigan closer to a 20 point favorite which is obviously a big difference in terms of the real odds we are getting. I think the Terrapins will be far too one-dimensional, and I cannot see them being able to score enough to keep up with Michigan.
That Terrapins defense is really worrying as well, which is the main reason I would have the Wolverines favored by so many points. Another reason to like Michigan against this big spread is that they really need to make a statement if they want any chance of making the playoffs, so the motivation to run up the score will almost certainly be there.
The side is the way I would go in terms of making a real bet, but I would also lean towards the under, as I can see the Michigan running attack chewing up a ton of clock, and I would be surprised if Maryland gets into the ’20s.
Free Betting Pick
Michigan Wolverines vs. Maryland Terrapins Betting Verdict: Michigan ATS
Michigan Wolverines vs. Maryland Terrapins Final Score Prediction: 38-17 Michigan