ESPN has the television coverage for this Wolverines vs. Huskies matchup. Kickoff takes place at 7:30 on Monday, January 8th. This week 1 CFB showdown is being played at NRG Stadium in Houston TX. In this non-conference matchup, the Wolverines are listed as 4.5 point favorites to come out on top. Should you place your bet on them to cover the spread, or is there a better option with the Huskies? Read on to find out.


The Pick: Washington Huskies +4.5

This game will be played at NRG Stadium at 7:30 ET on Monday, January 8th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 30-26 in favor of Michigan.
  • Even though we have Michigan winning straight-up, we like Washington at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 55.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 56 points.

Will the Huskies Defense Show Up on the Road?

The Washington Huskies come into this week's game vs. Michigan with a perfect record of 14-0. So far, they have played five games on the road and nine at home.

Against the spread, Washington has gone 7-6-1 this season. The Huskies have been favored 11 times compared to three games as the underdog.

Washington has an over/under record of 7-7 so far this season. On average their games have combined for 61.8 points with the average over/under line being 62.3 points.

The Huskies' offense is gearing up to take on Michigan, with an average of 124.9 rushing yards per game and an 4 yards per attempt. In the college football rankings, they are currently in 85th place for rushing yards and 1st place for passing yards, accumulating an average of 350 yards per contest. Washington's overall scoring average is at 37.6 points per game, placing them 7th rank nationally.

Washington comes into the game 102nd in points allowed, allowing 24.1 points per game. Teams have been gaining 267.1 passing yards on average against them (163rd). Against the run, they're giving up 140.4 yards, placing them 62nd in college football.

Can the Wolverines Lock in a Home Win?

The Michigan Wolverines come into this week's game vs. Washington with a perfect record of 14-0. So far, they have played six games on the road and seven at home.

Against the spread, Michigan has put together a record of 7-5-1. This mark has come while being favored in every game.

Michigan has put together an over/under record of 7-6 throughout this season. The average combined score in their games has been 46.2 points, and the standard over/under line has stood at 47.4 points.

Michigan's offense is averaging 36 points per game, which ranks them 10th in the NCAA. Through the air, they're at 218.9 passing yards on average, putting them at 58th in the nation. Their rushing attack is currently 44th in rushing yards, with an average of 515 rushing attempts per game this season.

The Wolverines defense will take the field with 38 sacks and are 1st QB hurries. When it comes to points allowed, they're at 10.2 points per game (48th). Against the pass, the team is 13th in the NCAA, allowing 150 passing yards per game. Additionally, Michigan's run defense has 94.5 rushing yards per contest.