College Football Picks: Michigan vs. Indiana

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 18, 2013 4:00 AM GMT

The Michigan Wolverines may be a bit undervalued in the market after suffering a loss in quadruple overtime last week, as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday.

Alternating pattern 

Indiana has alternated wins and losses over its first six games of the season, as it attempts to bounce back from a 42-28 setback to the Michigan State Spartans as 10-point road underdogs last Saturday.

It’s important to point out that the program has failed to cover the number and has been out-gained in all three of its setbacks in 2013.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Hoosiers are 2-18 SU and 10-10 ATS as NCAAF betting odds underdogs, with the OVER going 17-3 in that situation.

Hopes of a perfect season dashed

Michigan had its five-game winning streak to open the season snapped last week, as it returns home after suffering a 43-40 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions in quadruple overtime.

The Wolverines own a 52-9 SU all-time record against the Hoosiers, including wins in the last 17 meetings in this series.

Scoring streak

College football handicappers may find the road underdogs attractive, as they’ve scored 28 or more points in seven consecutive games dating back to last season.

Indiana leads the Big Ten in averaging 331.5 passing yards per game, with sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld tied for first in passing touchdowns with 13.

Hoke gets it done in Ann Arbor

The Wolverines have won their last 18 home games—the longest active winning streak of its kind among BCS teams.

Brady Hoke became the first Michigan head coach to go undefeated at home in his first two seasons in Ann Arbor since 1901-02, while the program is 12-6 ATS since 2011 in that situation.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wolverines for their college football picks, as they’ve gone 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS off a loss against a conference rival during the Hoke era.

College Football Pick: Michigan Wolverines -9.5