Michigan Wolverines vs. Kansas St. Wildcats
The Michigan Wolverines and the Kansas State Wildcats face off on Saturday in Arizona in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The Wildcats are -4 point favorites over the Wolverines with an over/under point total set at 55.
The Michigan Wolverines had a disappointing year losing four of their last five games including coming up short against Ohio State in their annual rivalry game. Michigan Struggled early against lesser opponents like UConn and Akron and it carried over into their Big Ten schedule. Devin Gardener has completed 60.3 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and 11 touchdowns and while he made some big plays he made some horrible decisions as well and he also rushed for 483 yards as he gained 829 rushing yards and lost 346 yards. Gardener is doubtful for this one so it could be Shane Morris under center. Fitzgerald Toussaint has rushed for 723 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the Michigan ground attack. Jeremy Gallon has 80 receptions and nine touchdowns and Devin Funchess has 47 receptions. Raymon Taylor has 81 tackles and four interceptions, James Ross III has 81 tackles, and Desmond Morgan has 73 tackles. Michigan averages 33.8 points per game while defensively they allow 26.5 points. It is tough to argue the talent of the Wolverines but that what makes their performance on the field more mystifying.
The Kansas State Wildcats got off to a slow start to the season but they did get rolling as they won five of their last six games. KSU had mild expectations heading into this season but with Bill Snyder they always seem to exceed any expectations. Jake Waters has completed 59.2 percent for his passes with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. John Hubert leads the Kansas State ground attack rushing for 968 yards and nine touchdowns. Tyler Lockett has 71 receptions and eight touchdowns and Curry Sexton has 36 receptions. Blake Slaughter has 103 tackles and three sacks, Jonathan Truman has 85 tackles, Ty Zimmerman has 69 tackles and three interceptions, and Ryan Mueller has 11.5 sacks. Kansas State doesn’t do many things fancy nor exciting but what they do they do well.
Michigan is 6-1 against the spread following a loss, 4-1 against the spread against the Big 12, and 1-5 against the spread after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game. Kansas State is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five bowl games.
We should see some scoring in this one and the over appears to be solid for my pick.