Michigan vs Wisconsin odds, line: Picks and predictions from proven expert who’s 10-1 on Wolverines, Badgers games
A Big Ten game that will have major implications for the conference title race headlines Saturday night’s lineup when the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Michigan Wolverines at 7:30 p.m. ET. Wisconsin hopes to take another step toward a repeat appearance in the Big Ten title game, while Michigan is working toward its first under head coach Jim Harbaugh. There has been plenty of line movement already. The Wolverines opened as eight-point favorites, but are laying 10 in the current Michigan vs. Wisconsin odds. The Over-Under for total points scored has gone up from 48 to 49. Before you lock in your Michigan vs. Wisconson picks, listen to what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say.
A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics. He’s having another solid season in college football, hitting on 60 percent of his spread picks for SportsLine members. Moreover, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of these two programs. Over the past two years, Nagel boasts an amazing record of 10-1 on spread picks involving either Wisconsin or Michigan.
Just last week, Nagel advised SportsLine members that Michigan would wear down upstart Maryland and pull away to cover the 17-point spread. That’s exactly what happened as the Wolverines came alive in the second half and rolled to a 42-21 victory. Anyone who’s followed Nagel’s advice is way up.
Now, he has studied Michigan vs. Wisconsin from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s sharing only at SportsLine.
Nagel knows that in a crucial season for Harbaugh, the Wolverines have responded with a flourish following their season-opening loss at Notre Dame. Thus far, a poor showing in the first half of their first game has been the only blemish on an otherwise promising season. They survived a 20-17 battle against Northwestern two weeks ago, but have won their last five by an average of 28 points.
A varied and efficient offense has been the major difference compared to recent Michigan clubs under Harbaugh. The Wolverines have scored at least 42 points four times and rank No. 30 in the country at 38.2 per game. Their rushing attack is piling up an average of 200 yards, led by senior Karan Higdon with 582 yards and five touchdowns.
But just because Michigan is firing on all cylinders doesn’t mean it can cover a double-digit spread against a Wisconsin team that dominated the Wolverines last season.
Wisconsin (4-1) appears to be a team on a mission to overcome a mystifying loss to BYU as a three-touchdown favorite earlier this season. The Badgers have bounced back with a pair of impressive wins, beating Iowa 28-17 on the road two weeks ago and topping Nebraska 41-24 in Madison last week.
Wisconsin has tightened up its defense and now ranks No. 13 in the country, allowing 16.4 points per game. On offense, a balanced attack pounded out 533 yards of total offense against the Cornhuskers. Wisconsin’s signature power run game went for 370 yards, led by Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor, who had 221 yards and three touchdowns.
We can tell you Nagel is leaning toward the under, but he has also unearthed the crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine.
Who covers the Michigan vs. Wisconsin spread? And what crucial x-factor causes one side to hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump all over Saturday, all from the expert who’s on a blistering 10-1 run on his Michigan and Wisconsin picks.