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Wildcats host Wolverines in Week 12 action

Michigan WolverinesNorthwestern Wildcats
6-3November 16, 2013, 03:30 | Ryan Field4-5

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Wildcats host the Wolverines at Ryan Field in Week 12 action.

They battle the Wolverines, currently with a 6-3 mark (4-5 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 3-6 for the Wildcats and 5-4 for the Wolverines.

View Michigan Wolverines vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as -1.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Wildcats rated this week at No. 53 and the Wolverines sitting at No. 42. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 35-28 result in favor of the Wolverines this week.

Last time out for Michigan, they were a 17-13 loser as they battled Nebraska at home. Michigan failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 30 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Last time we saw the Wildcats, they had no answer for $WinningRB as the Cornhuskers rolled to a 27-24 victory at Memorial Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northwestern's No. 73-ranked offense, averaging 28 PPG, against a Wolverines defense that ranks No. 61 this week at 25.89 PPG. The Wildcats aerial game is averaging 210.44 yards per game, less than the Wolverines secondary allows through the air, 242.78 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Wolverines own the league's No. 7-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 91.33 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 56 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Wolverines at Wildcats trends to consider:
Michigan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Michigan is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northwestern is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games
Northwestern is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northwestern's last 7 games

Next up:
Michigan at Iowa, Saturday, November 23rd
Northwestern at Michigan State, Saturday, November 23rd