College football betting is never as supercharged as when rivals face each other. This Saturday includes a rivalry game of sorts as Michigan hosts Western Michigan.
This series hasn’t been much of a rivalry since the Wolverines have dominated it. That might not be the case anymore and those that bet on college football are taking notice.
College football betting on this ABC regionally televised game has the Wolverines as a 13-point favorite with a total of 56 at the sportsbook. The Wolverines come into this game as a big favorite at the sports book but that is based more on reputation than anything else. The Wolverines were not very good last year in college football betting and may not be much better this season. The team has had to deal with the allegations surrounding head coach Rich Rodriguez so they will probably be happy to finally play a game.
Rodriguez has problems on the field just as he does off the field. He can’t even decide on a quarterback so all three will play on Saturday in college football betting. It will be freshman Tate Forcier who starts but junior Nick Sheridan and Denard Robinson will see playing time.
The last time these teams met in college football betting was in 2002 when Michigan won 35-12. The Wolverines have won all four previous meetings against Western Michigan.
Western Michigan is not without a chance in this college football betting matchup. They have top quarterback Tim Hiller, who has thrown for 76 TDs. He is just 25 TD passes away from breaking Chad Pennington’s MAC career record as college football betting stats show.
College football betting stats tell us that Rich Rodriguez is 8-7-1 in 16 career season openers, including a 25-23 loss to Utah in last year’s opener. College football betting numbers show that Michigan is 24-1 against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference and has outscored those teams by an 838-226 margin. Bet on college football numbers show that this is the 10th consecutive year that Michigan has matched up with a MAC school. The Wolverines have a 106-18-2 record all-time in home openers, including a 13-3 record at the Big House in the last 16 games as college football betting tells us.
Western Michigan is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Big Ten. They are only 1-4 against the bet on college football number in their last 5 road games overall though.
The Wolverines are 8-20-1 against the bet on college football number in their last 29 games as a home favorite. The Wolverines are 0-5 against the college football betting odds in their last 5 vs. MAC.