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Michigan Wolverines vs. Northwestern Wildcats Betting Selection

Time: 3:30 PM EST Saturday November 16, 2013, Big Ten Network

The Northwestern Wildcats host the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten Legends divisional match up.

In their last game Michigan lost a tight defensive battle 17-13 to Nebraska in front of their hometown fans.

Northwestern also played Nebraska in their last game leading into their bye week. The Wildcats lost a shocker 27-24 on a 49 yard hail mary pass on the final play to steal the win away from Northwestern.

The Wolverines won their last meeting 38-31 in OT over the Wildcats on Nov 10/12 in Michigan as a 8.5 point favorite. Michigan has won the last 2 games and 8 out of last 10.

The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games between these 2 teams.

Northwestern has covered the spread in 4 of the last 5 times these 2 teams have met.

This season Northwestern is 3-2 at home and Michigan is 1-2 on the road.

Betting Odds at 5Dimes
Point Spread: Northwestern -2.5
Over/Under Total Line: 49.5
Moneyline: Wolverines +125 / Wildcats -145

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Michigan Wolverines: 6-3 SU 4-5 ATS
Northwestern Wildcats: 4-5 SU 3-6 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• Michigan is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a bye week.
• Michigan is 13-31 ATS in their last 44 conference games.
• Michigan is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• Northwestern is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win.
• Northwestern is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
• Northwestern is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Michigan Wolverines: 72.65
Northwestern Wildcats: 72.01

Key Player Injuries

Michigan
[DT] 11/12/2013 – Ondre Pipkins Out for the season (Knee)
[RB] 9/3/2013 – Drake Johnson Out for the season (Knee)
[QB] 8/30/2013 – Russell Bellomy Out for the season (Knee)
[P] 8/30/2013 – Will Hagerup Out for the season (Suspension)
[WR] 8/23/2013 – Amara Darboh Out for the season (Foot)

Northwestern
[RB] 11/10/2013 – Venric Mark Ques Saturday (Ankle)
[LB] 11/10/2013 – Jaylen Prater Ques Saturday (Undisclosed)
[CB] 9/3/2013 – Daniel Jones Out for the season (Knee)

Next Game
Michigan @ Iowa
Michigan State @ Northwestern

Our Selection : The Wolverines are 1-2 on the road this season with their only win being by 3 points over lowly Connecticut. Michigan has lost 3 of their last 4 games overall and the most concerning statistic is the running game which has been nonexistent in their last two with back-to-back games with negative rushing yards!
Northwestern has lost 5 in a row, but has been unfortunate in most games. The only game that they were not in a position to win late was the Wisconsin game.
Unlike the Wolverines, the Wildcats’ running game has been strong as of late with 470 yards combined in their last 2. That may be a huge advantage this week as the forecast shows that strong winds will be prevalent on Saturday.
Take the Northwestern Wildcats -2.5 at 5Dimes and get reduced juice on every play.

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