Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 10/23/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Wolverines (-21.5)
Michigan Stadium is the location where the Michigan Wolverines (6-0) will attempt to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats (3-3) on Saturday. Northwestern opens this matchup as 21.5-point underdogs. The over/under is 51.
The Northwestern Wildcats come into this matchup with a record of 3-3 for this season. In their last matchup, the Wildcats took on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and took home the win by a score of 21-7. Ryan Hilinski finished 18/33 with 267 yards passing and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 142.5 and ended the contest without throwing a pick. Evan Hull was the best rusher for the Wildcats with 25 attempts for 53 yds (2.1 yards per carry). On the day, they ran 81 plays which gave them 402 yards. The Northwestern Wildcats ran the ball 48 different times and recorded 135 yards, which is an average of 2.8 yards per carry. On the ground, the Wildcats gave up 63 yards on 34 tries, which averages out to 1.9 yds per run surrendered. Northwestern surrendered 19 pass completions on 32 tries for 159 yards, and a completion rate of 59.4%.
The Wildcats have earned 2,248 total yards this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Northwestern has compiled 9 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 9 different times. Northwestern has compiled 120 1st downs as a unit, and they have committed 30 penalties for 270 yds. As a unit they maintain an average of 171.3 yards rushing which has them sitting 56th in D-1. Regarding putting points on the board, the Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 21.8 PPG.
In terms of passing yards, the Wildcats have conceded 1,231 yards which has them sitting in 40th in D-1. They are giving up 205.2 yards per contest via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 65.1%. For the season, they have yielded 413.3 yards per outing which puts them 107th in college football. They have surrendered 5 touchdowns via the pass as well as 14 touchdowns running the ball. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.5 yards per rushing attempt and 208.2 rushing yards per contest for the year. Overall, they have given up 1,249 rushing yards through 6 games. The Wildcats rank 74th in college football concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 23.8 PPG.
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The Wolverines come into this game with a record of 6-0 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Wolverines walked away with a victory by a final of 32-29 when they faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Cade McNamara ended the contest with 255 yds on 22/38 through the air while his quarterback rate was 109.0. He had 1 interception and his Y/A was 6.7. Hassan Haskins ran the ball 21 times for 123 yds, walking away from the contest with 5.9 yds per carry for Michigan. The Wolverines finished the contest with a total of 459 yds and they ran 81 plays (5.7 yds per play). Michigan ran for 4.9 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 204 yds on 42 attempts. Michigan relinquished 32 running attempts for 140 yds (4.4 yards per rush). The Wolverines pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 64.3%, relinquishing 291 yards on 18 for 28 passing.
The Michigan Wolverines have an average of 440.5 yards/game, which ranks them 40th in the nation. The Michigan offense has racked up 277 yds of penalties on 31 infractions, which ranks 108th in the country in terms of giving up free yards. For the season to this point, the Wolverines have compiled 1,164 yards through the air as well as holding an average of 194.0 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 103rd in the country. In relation to this team's ability to score points, the Wolverines currently sit 14th in Division 1 with an average of 38.5 PPG.
The Wolverines are giving up 15.5 PPG, which puts them 21st in Division 1. Michigan has conceded a total of 710 yards via the ground game (118.3 yards per outing) as well as 2 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the season. This year, they have given up 93 points. They have conceded 9 touchdowns via the pass as well as 190.7 yards per outing, which has them in 35th in D-1. The Wolverines defense has been on the field for 379 plays, which is 27th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Wolverines college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Wildcats +21.5
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