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College Football Betting Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Bowling Green Falcons

September 16, 2023


Bowling Green travels to take on the #2-ranked Michigan Wolverines in week 3 of the college football season. The Bowling Green Falcons enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a loss on the road against the Liberty Flames in week 1 of the college football season by a score of 24-34 and a win at home in week 2 against the Eastern Illinois Panthers by a score of 38-15. 

The Michigan Wolverines enter this game with a record of 2-0 following wins at home against the East Carolina Pirates by a score of 30-3 and the UNLV Rebels by a score of 35-7 in week 2 of the college football season. Will the Wolverines win in a blowout or can the Falcons keep the game closer than Vegas projects? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Bowling Green Falcons enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a 38-15 win at home against the Eastern Illinois Panthers, an FCS school while covering as a 17-point favorite at home in week 2 of the college football season. The Falcons scored 38 points while compiling 509 total yards offensively which included 368 passing yards and 141 rushing yards while allowing 15 points and 325 total yards defensively which included 250 passing yards and 75 rushing yards. 

Connor Bazelak led the team in passing, completing 23 of 28 attempts for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Terion Stewart led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Ta’ron Keith led the team in receiving with six receptions for 123 yards.

Michigan enters this game ranked 2nd in the AP and Coaches Polls with a record of 2-0 following a 35-7 win at home against the UNLV Rebels in week 2 of the college football season, however, the Wolverine failed to cover the 38-point spread as a home favorite. The Wolverine scored 35 points while compiling 492 total yards offensively which included 313 passing yards and 179 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 229 total yards defensively which included 168 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. 

J.J. McCarthy led the team in passing, completing 22 of 25 attempts for 278 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 38 yards. Blake Corum led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 80 yards and three touchdowns while adding two receptions for 23 yards. Roman Wilson led the team in receiving, catching four of five targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns. 

BookMaker has the Michigan Wolverines listed as 40-point favorites at home against the Bowling Green Falcons on Saturday evening in week 3 of the college football season. These teams have played each other twice before this matchup with Michigan winning and covering the spread in both games. 

The Bowling Green Falcons are 1-1 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS on the road, and 0-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Michigan Wolverines are 0-2 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, and 0-2 ATS as a favorite this season.

Michigan is the more talented team and has been the better team in the series, winning both games all-time and going 2-0 ATS in those matchups. However, Michigan has failed to cover the spread this season as a heavy favorite at home and I see the trend continuing in this game which is why I am taking the Bowling Green Falcons +40 on the road against the Michigan Wolverines on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Bowling Green Falcons +40