Michigan vs. Nebraska NCAA Football Week 4 Odds & Pick

Michigan vs. Nebraska Predictions

Though Michigan lost their season-opener at Notre Dame, they've picked themselves up since. Now, the No. 19 Wolverines go up against the struggling Nebraska Huskers in a Big Ten matchup on Saturday as the big college football lines favorites. Keep reading to get the full details on this game.

Michigan vs. Nebraska NCAA Football Week 4 Odds & Pick

  • When: Saturday, noon ET
  • Where: Michigan Stadium
  • College Football Week 4 Spread: UM -17 (Total 50)

Why bet on Michigan?

The Wolverines are at 2-1 after crushing SMU last week 45-20. Michigan scored on every offensive possession from the second quarter onward — six drives in all — and finished the game with 434 yards of total offense.

Junior QB Shea Patterson earned his keep, completing 14-of-18 pass attempts for a season-best 237 passing yards and three touchdowns. Donovan Peoples-Jones brought in all three touchdown passes, marking the most touchdowns scored by a Wolverine wide receiver since Jehu Chesson scored three against Indiana in 2015. Peoples-Jones leads the offense with 14 receptions for 159 yards and four touchdowns.

Michigan’s offensive line needs to improve heading into this game as Nebraska will probably go after the quarterback and has racked up 10 sacks in two games.

Michigan’s run defense will be tested by the Cornhuskers, especially if quarterback Adrian Martinez is healthy enough to play. The Cornhuskers ran for 329 yards against Colorado and 187 against Troy, so expect them to pound the ground attack heavily.

Why bet on Nebraska?

The Cornhuskers got off to a disappointing 0-2 start after losing to Troy. Yes, that's right, Troy. This is the first time Nebraska loses its first two games since 1957 when they finished the season 1-9 under then head coach Bill Jennings.

The Cornhuskers don't play well at home, in fact, their last loss marks the fifth time they've lost at home since Sept. 23, 2017.

It's still unknown whether starting QB Adrian Martinez will play against the Wolverines as he was injured in their loss to Colorado and did not play against Troy. However, he's listed as a game-time decision so he might take the field against Michigan. It’s pretty simple for the Cornhuskers – if freshman QB Adrian Martinez is healthy and can play, they’ll have a chance to pull off the upset.

Prior to being injured against the Buffaloes, and in his first career start at the collegiate level, Martinez connected on 15-of-20 passes for 187 yards, a touchdown, and an interception while rushing 15 times for a game-high 117 yards and two more touchdowns

Nebraska is one of only seven teams in the FBS to rank among the top 25 nationally in both rushing offense and rushing defense and are the only Big Ten team in that group.

Nebraska’s defense ranks at No. 2 nationally with 10 sacks, seven of which came against Colorado. Nebraska's best pass rushers are redshirt senior Freedom Akinmoladun (2.5 sacks) and redshirt junior Khalil Davis (three sacks) and they'll be needed to keep the Wolverines at bay.

Michigan vs. Nebraska Betting Trends

  • Nebraska is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games

  • Nebraska is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

  • Nebraska is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

  • Nebraska is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road

  • Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

  • Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

  • Michigan is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home

  • Michigan is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home

Game Predictions: If Martinez is healthy enough to play, the Cornhuskers could pull off an upset. Otherwise, the Wolverines will likely win their third straight game.

Pick: Wolverines SU