Following Michigan’s 31-10 romp over the Washington Huskies last night, all eyes now to turn to the next opponent: the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Rocky Lombardi led Huskies to come to Ann Arbor at 1-1, having stunned Georgia Tech 22-21 in week one before falling to Wyoming 50-43 in week two. Northern Illinois trailed 42-16 late in the third quarter before scoring 27 unanswered points to take a 43-42 lead. However, they ultimately surrendered a game-winning touchdown with 1:35 left.
Michigan enters next weekend 2-0 and as a 27 point favorite on DraftKings and a 26.5 point favorite on FanDuel. For context, on most sites, Michigan entered last night’s matchup with Washington as a 6.5 point favorite. Vegas clearly likes the Wolverines to blow out Northern Illinois on Saturday. I would expect this to drop slightly as the week progresses simply because 27 points is a lot of points to give a team that hasn’t proven it can throw the ball effectively. Draftkings also has the over/under set at 55 while Fanduel is just a half-point lower at 54.5. This is as large of a spread as Michigan is likely to see all season as Northern Illinois is not regarded as a high-caliber MAC team, despite their upset win over Georgia Tech.
On the money line, Michigan is favored at anywhere from -4000 to -4500 depending on the site that you look at. This means that a $100 wager would win you between $2.22 and $2.50 so there isn’t much value there.
As always, please bet responsibly and enjoy every college football Saturday to the fullest!