Middle Tennessee at Michigan 8/31/19 - College Football Betting Odds & Picks
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Michigan Wolverines
NCAAF: 7:30 PM EST
Aug. 31, 2019
Latest Odds : MICH -33 Total 54
Do the Blue Raiders have a quarterback issue? That is a common question that is going through Floyd Stadium this year. The Blue Raiders have to replace four year starter Brent Stockstill and it will be more of a challenge than what the fans expect and the starter most likely will not be announced until before the game. However, one of the front runners is sophomore Asher O’Hara who did backup Stockstill last year.
The Blue Raiders defense did decent last year and actually finished in one of the top 50 spots overall. However, this season the Blue Raiders are only returning 5 starters and only one of those was from the defensive backfield. That could easily lead to the team being scorched for a while until the corners settle in and really depends if Teldrick Ross shows up big as he is a freshman.
Michigan is going to expect big things from Shea Patterson this year. However, the looming story in Michigan is not the quarterback who is coming back for his senior year in the pro-style attack. Instead, the big story is if Jim Harbaugh will be able to stay off of the hot seat and that definitely has to be weighing on his mind since the last time Michigan played a decent school in what should be a gimme game they lost to Appalachian State.
The defense of the Wolverines was among the tops in the nation all last year. However, the defense is coming back into this game with only 5 starters coming back and they did lose Devin Bush Jr. who jumped to the pros this year. Look for that to be a problem for the Wolverines in this game as Bush Jr. was such a large part of the offense and could be one the Wolverines are going to struggle to overcome.
Recent Betting Trends:
Blue Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in August.
Wolverines are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Over is 4-1 in Blue Raiders last 5 games overall.
Over is 4-0 in Wolverines last 4 games in August.
Free Betting Pick: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +33
The Wolverines are playing in the Big House, which will be hard for the Middle Tennessee squad to overcome the intimidation factor. However, what else is an issue for the Wolverines is the fact the defense has to find some balance and hopefully have a chance to maintain the great play from last year. Look for Patterson, though, to be the hero for the Wolverines in this game as he helps to bring home a win. Final Score, Michigan Wolverines win, but fail to cover ATS 42-10.