Six months ago, Washington vs. Michigan held tremendous weight in the college football world. Now, things have changed. Michigan beat up on Western Michigan, while Washington fell to an FCS team in Montana. Each head coach has work to do to get their programs where they want to go, so this game still means a lot to both sides. Here’s how to watch, predictions, and odds for Washington vs. Michigan.
Washington vs. Michigan | Week 2 preview and prediction
Some believed Washington could win the Pac-12, and technically that’s still possible. It’s just tough to feel inspired by Jimmy Lake’s team after a disappointing loss to an inferior opponent. Turnovers plagued the Huskies’ offense, and that doesn’t bode well for a program that’s trying to win low-scoring games. This week, they face a much more talented team that can run up the score if they repeat that performance.
From a defensive perspective, Washington played just fine. The Grizzlies only produced 232 yards of offense, so it’s not as if they’re hurting to make stops. It just comes down to their own offense. Dylan Morris needs to wake up quickly because a repeat of last week (27-of-46, 226 yards, 3 interceptions) dooms Washington.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh found his quarterback — for now. Cade McNamara surprised some by winning the starting job over incoming five-star freshman J.J. McCarthy. Still, McNamara led the offense well in his limited time. It helps when your team rushes for 335 yards on 7.8 yards per carry. If Michigan repeats those efforts, they can avoid throwing against a talented Washington secondary.
The Huskies will most likely load the box, especially with Michigan’s leading receiver Ronnie Bell out for the season. That puts pressure on McNamara to produce and open things up for the rushing attack Saturday night. How successful he is plays a big role in the Big House, mainly to show the home crowd that he’s the guy for the job.
How to watch Washington vs. Michigan
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Start time: 8 PM ET
TV channel: ABC
Odds for Washington vs. Michigan
Spread: Michigan -7
Moneyline: Washington +220, Michigan -270
Not only did the Washington Huskies not cover the spread, but they fell as 22.5-point favorites, thanks largely to turnovers. Now, they flip to being a touchdown underdog. Michigan, meanwhile, covered their 16.5-point spread last week in their 47-14 win over Western Michigan.