#4 Michigan To COVER (+5.5) @ #1 Louisville (-110)
Michigan fans are lucky that their basketball team has gotten off to such a hot start, because football fans are still steaming over the fact that Jim Harbaugh can’t beat Ohio State to save his life. Nevertheless, the Wolverines are a perfect 7-0 under new head coach Juwan Howard with incredible wins against Creighton, Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga. Tonight, they take on the top team in the country in the Louisville Cardinals. Chris Mack’s team is also a perfect 7-0; however, they do not boast the same resume as the Wolverines. In fact, I’m surprised that Louisville is ranked top overall, because their best win to date is against Miami (FL) in the first game of the year.
I am taking Michigan tonight with a wide 5.5-point spread, albeit on the road in Louisville. Michigan is 5-2 ATS this season and 3-0 ATS on a neutral floor against top tier talent. In addition, the Cardinals are just 1-4 ATS at home this season, so expecting them to cover more than five points against a team like Michigan is a bit of a stretch. Regardless, this should be a close game.
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