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Washington at Michigan (-6.5) Betting Preview

Published on 09/10/2021
By Zachary Cohen
Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara
Michigan has new life with Cade McNamara stabilizing the quarterback position.
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Washington Huskies at Michigan Wolverines (-7)
Saturday 9/11, 8:00 p.m. ET

Three things you need to know before betting on Washington-Michigan:

1. This will be the first meeting between these programs since 2002, so there isn’t much head-to-head history to draw back on. However, it’s worth noting that Michigan is 2-1 straight-up against Pac-12 opponents since Jim Harbaugh’s arrival in Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines went just 1-2 against the spread in those contests. The last time they actually faced Pac-12 competition was in 2016, when Michigan came away with a 45-28 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes.

2. Michigan is 31-4 straight-up and 19-16 against the spread when playing as a home favorite under Harbaugh. When favored by seven or less, those records both move to 3-1, so the Wolverines have been able to get the job done in games that were expected to be somewhat close. It’s worth noting that quarterback Cade McNamara played extremely well against the Western Michigan Broncos last week. Michigan has been weak at the position in recent years, but there seems to be some genuine optimism after the way the junior opened the season.

3. The Over has hit in 15 of the 16 games that Michigan has played in which the team was coming off a no-turnover performance under Harbaugh. That’s a pretty significant record, and the Over has also hit in nine of the 13 games the Wolverines have played as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points in that same span. Michigan is also coming off of a 47-point performance, showing that this offense is in a good place right now. With the total being only 48.5, it wouldn’t take much for things to break right in favor of Over bettors.

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