2021-09-12
WASHINGTON
MICHIGAN
League : NCAAF

MICHIGAN vs WASHINGTON Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Washington Huskies make the long trip across the country to The Big House to kick off against the Michigan Wolverines in primetime on Saturday night. The Huskies (0-1) are coming off a disappointing loss to Montana as heavy favorites in Week 1. The Wolverines (1-0) easily handled the Western Michigan Broncos 47-14 as -16.5 point favorites. Early lines have Michigan as -7 point home favorites.

Line Movements & Weather

The Wolverines have gone from -5 up to -6.5 at most shops while garnering 64% of the bets for the week.

The OU Line has gone from 50.5 down to 48 or 47.5, depending on the sports you frequent most.

 

Gametime Weather: Partly cloudy skies with temps in the mid to lower 70s.

 

Huskies Embarrassed in Week 1

The formerly ranked #20 Huskies suffered possibly the worst loss in program history last week, a 13-7 defeat to visiting Montana, a Football Championship Subdivision school. Missing his top three wide receivers because of injuries, quarterback Dylan Morris was 27 of 46 for 226 yards with three interceptions. Needing a touchdown to avoid the upset, Washington came up empty on its final two possessions. Morris was incomplete on fourth-and-2 with 1:33 left giving the ball back to the Grizzlies and putting a cap on the evening.

 

Washington managed just 65 yards rushing and averaged 2.4 yards per attempt. It was the first home game with fans for Washington since the 2019 Apple Cup. They booed the home team off the field at halftime and were left stunned at the end. ''They played better than us tonight. We're not going to make any excuses. Credit goes to Montana,'' Washington coach Jimmy Lake said to Associated Press reporters after the game. The Huskies face a tall task entering a packed Big House on Saturday. It’s no doubt they were looking ahead to this meeting during their Week 1 loss. They’ll have to play a lot better than they did against Montana.

Injury Report

Out - WR Ja'Lynn Polk, WR Jalen McMillan, and DL Faatui Tuitele

Questionable - WR Terrell Bynum, DB Dominique Hampton, LB Daniel Heimuli, WR Rome Odunze, LB Alphonzo Tuputala, and QB Patrick O'Brien

 

Wolverines Impressive Against the Broncos

Michigan welcomed 109,295 fans to the Big House, a year after fans were prevented from attending games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were not disappointed in a 47-14 drubbing of Western Michigan in Week 1. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they lost their best player in Ronnie Bell for the entire season. Bell was hurt on a punt return in the second quarter and kept his weight off his right leg as he was helped off the field by a teammate and staff member. The senior receiver was later carted off the field and up the tunnel toward the team's locker room.

 

Michigan pulled away with 17 points in the second quarter, scoring on Bell's catch, Hassan Haskins' 22-yard run, and Jake Moody's 20-yard field goal. Quarterback Cade McNamara completed 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Highly touted freshman J.J. McCarthy escaped a sack on a 69-yard touchdown pass to Daylen Baldwin, a graduate transfer from Jackson State, midway through the fourth. Michigan looked good, which was a welcoming sight after a tumultuous 2020 season. They come into this game against the Huskies as -7 point home favorites but will have to find a replacement for Bell.

Injury Report

Out - WR Ronnie Bell

 







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