To begin with this season Michigan has been on a “revenge tour.” And in their last game at Michigan State the Wolverines earned the sweetest revenge in a 21-7 slap down of “little brother.” Now comes another NCAA Football betting opportunity to settle a sore score. Last year at Penn State the Wolverines were slaughtered in a 42-13 “White Out” at Beaver Stadium. On Saturday the resurgent Maize and Blue will get their opportunity for revenge against good but shaky Penn State squad. The Nittany Lions are 6-2 but continue to provide white knuckle fourth quarters.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan Wolverines
Date and Time: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 3:45 p.m. ET
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
NCAA Football Betting Odds at SBG:
|Penn State||+10 (-110)||52½ (-110)|
|Michigan||-10 (-110)||52½ (-110)|
Penn State vs. Michigan TV Coverage: ESPN
Michigan is 7-1 straight up and 5-3 vs. the line with a 4-4 mark on totals. Last time out Michigan was dominant at Michigan State with a bye week that followed. Defense is the foundation of this Michigan team. Overall the Wolverines rank first in the nation for total defense. Offensively they have made solid methodical improvement. Especially with the offensive line. Consider running back Kiran Higdon has 831 yards with 5.4 yards per carry. Meanwhile Quarterback Shea Patterson has a 155.5 rating with 12 touchdowns and three interception. Michigan leads the Big Ten East Division.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State is 6-2 straight up, 5-3 with the line and 6-2 over the total. Last week the Nittany Lions held on for a 30-24 home payout over Iowa. As always, the fourth quarter was a full-blown crisis. But unlike when Penn State snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Ohio State and Michigan State they prevailed. The Nits held off a late Hawkeye drive deep in their territory. In the national rankings Penn State ranks 11th for scoring offense but 64th for total defense.
Stats to Consider
Penn State has been a weak NCAA Football Betting value as a road dog. For example, the Nittany Lions have paid in just three of their last 10 in that situation. PSU has gone over the total in their last four as away pups. Contrarily Michigan has been a highly profitable home favorite lately. To show, the Wolverines have paid in five of their last six in that role. Six of their last seven as Big House chalks sent over the total.
Team vs. Team
Head to head Michigan has been the better online wagering choice. Namely the Maize and Blue have covered three of their last four against PSU. Five of the last six in this series have gone over the total. Concurrently at Michigan Stadium the Wolverines have covered three of their last four against Penn State. These teams have gone under the number in three of their last four at the Big House.
Matchup to Watch
Certainly, the NCAA Football betting matchup difference is Michigan’s defense. Of great concern is the lower body issues of Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley. Even at 100% the Wolverine defense doesn’t make it easy. On the whole the Nittany Lions will be worn down with their mediocre defense.
Penn State vs. Michigan NCAA Football Betting
Michigan is the more complete team and in better form.
Penn State vs. Michigan NCAA Football Betting Pick: Michigan Wolverines
Penn State vs. Michigan NCAA Football Betting Score Prediction: Wolverines 31 Nittany Lions 14
Catch Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference for the Penn State game!