Michigan went to work and earned their first victory of 2018 last week over Western Michigan. The Wolverines moved to No.19 in the polls and are very chalky favorites over visiting SMU.
Michigan blew out one of several directional Michigan universities (Western in this case) 49-3 as a 27.5-point favorite and will look to lay the lumber to Southern Methodist in Ann Arbor before commencing with Big Ten play.
SMU was trounced by TCU 42-12 as 23.5-point home underdogs and the college football odds early in the week had them listed as +35.5 point away pooches. Do the Mustangs have any shot to cover the spread?
SMU is ranked 126th out of 130 FBS programs in total offense thus far, averaging a mere 249 points a game. The Mustangs have virtually no running game at 67.5 yards per contest and average an abysmal 2.6 yards per attempt.
Michigan is ranked 15th in total defense and that figure will improve as the season moves along, especially facing teams like this.
It’s almost impossible to imagine QB Ben Hicks will not be under continual pressure without a running game and he will be tired of seeing defensive ends Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich all afternoon.