Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines easily dispatched the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday to the tune of 63-10 with eight rushing touchdowns. Next up on the docket are the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who come to Ann Arbor undefeated! Greg Schiano and company are 3-0, with blowout wins over Temple and Delaware and a sound victory at Syracuse. Rutgers may no longer be the doormat of the Big Ten, but Michigan will still be heavily favored.
The Wolverines enter next weekend 3-0 and as an 18.5 point favorite on DraftKings and a 19.5 point favorite on FanDuel. While clearly big favorites, the spread isn’t nearly as large as it was last week against Northern Illinois. Rutgers should provide a stiffer test, but just ever so slightly.
The over/under for next week is set at 52 on DraftKings and 51.5 on Fanduel. This is about three full points lower than last week. This is not overly surprising as Rutgers will undoubtedly provide a tougher defense than the Huskies did. Don’t expect eight rushing touchdowns this week.
On the money line, Michigan is favored at roughly -1300 depending on the site. There still isn’t a ton of value there at it would be hard to turn a profit. Rutgers on the other hand is at +700 so it would be quite an upset.
Across the Big Ten, here’s how the initial Vegas lines look:
- Wisconsin is favored by 4.5 against Notre Dame
- Ohio State is favored by 49 against Akron
- Maryland is favored by 14.5 against Kent State
- Iowa is favored by 22.5 against Colorado State
- Minnesota is favored by 31 against Bowling Green
- Michigan State is just barely the favorite against Nebraska at -4
- Indiana is favored by 9 against Western Kentucky
- Purdue is favored by 11 against Illinois
- Northwestern is favored by 15 against Ohio
- There are no lines available on any of the major sites for Penn State vs. Villanova
If Vegas is correct, the Big Ten should come out victorious in every single non-conference game in Week Four. Time will tell if that happens to be the case.
As always, please bet responsibly and enjoy every college football Saturday to the fullest!