Indiana's Big Ten Record Makes Michigan the College Football Pick

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:28 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 10:28 PM GMT

We’re going to examine Saturday’s college football contest between Michigan and Indiana. Go inside to read our insightful betting preview article that culminates with a college football pick.

Wolverines and Hoosiers
Indiana will take on #15 Michigan on Saturday in a battle of two Big Ten Conference teams. The opening kickoff at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana is slated for 3:30 PM ET. Current (11/12) college football odds at Heritage indicates that Michigan is a 13-points road favorite. Michigan has defeated Indiana 19 consecutive times. The last Hoosiers win over the Wolverines was more than 28 years ago on 10/24/1987.

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Impressive First Season for Jim Harbaugh
Many expected gradual improvement under new head coach and former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh. However, the Wolverines have exceeded expectations thus far by going 7-2. Their only two losses this season have come at the hands of Utah and Michigan State. Those two teams entered this week’s action with a combined record of 16-2. The Wolverines strong suit this season has unequivocally been their defensive unit. They’ve allowed an average of just 11.9 points in addition to a paltry 240.0 yards per game, and that includes holding opponents scoreless on three separate occasions.

 

Same Old Same Old
This isn’t a recording but the Indiana Hoosiers were able to get off to a 4-0 start in their non-conference portion of its schedule. Since that time, Indiana has lost five in a row with all of those defeats coming against Big Ten Conference foes, and they failed to cover in each of its last four. During this current five game tailspin, they’ve allowed a whopping 41 points per game. Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana has gone an abysmal 9-51 in Big Ten Conference games, and during that time span is a more than respectable 21-11 when facing non-conference opponents.

 

Final Analysis
Michigan’s defense has been rock solid and carried the team during the early part of this season. The offense has gradually improved week by week, and against a porous Indiana defense should have its way. I rarely like to lay points on the road, let alone this many. I’m going to make an exception in this instance, and side with the Wolverines for one of my college football picks this week.

College Football Picks: Play on Michigan -13 (+100) at Heritage

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