It doesn’t matter what sport you are talking about; it is winning that is considered to be the bottom line. In college football, the manner of victory can also come into play, with the higher ranked teams expected to put on a bit of a show when going against the lesser lights. That is just one of the things that the playoff committee takes into account when looking at putting together the top 4 teams in the country. At the end of the day, though, any Power 5 team that goes out and wins every regular season game is almost certainly going to be in the playoffs at the end of the season.
If we are going to have a discussion about winning, then we need to bring the Army Black Knights into the conversation. This is the team that is in possession of the second-longest active winning streak in college football, with 10 straight wins to their name. They will have a difficult time extending it this weekend, though, as they will be in Michigan to take on the Wolverines. Michigan are favored by 22.5 at home, with the point total for this one set at 47 ½.
Army vs Michigan 2019 College Football Week 2 Odds, Game Info & Pick
- When: Saturday, September 7, 2 PM EST
- Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
- TV: FOX
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- College Football Week 2 Odds: Michigan -22.5 (Total 46.5)
- Partly Cloudy: 24°C/75°F
- Humidity: 66%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Cloud Cover: 48%
- Wind: 9 mph NW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Army Black Knights?
The one thing that we know about Army is that they are going to try and run the ball down your throat using their triple option offense. It has been that style that has helped them hammer out 10 straight wins, but there were some signs of potential issues last week in a tight 14-7 win over Rice in the season opener. Army managed just 231 yards on the ground, and while that may seem like a lot, it is well below the pace they usually set.
This is a team that does not throw the football a lot, posting just 40 yards through the air in that win. The Black Knight lost their two main running threats in the offseason, so it’s perhaps no surprise that they struggled a little. The UNDER may be the wager to look at here, with the Black Knights hitting that in 7 of their last 8 games played in Week 2.
- Points per Game: 14.00
- Passing Yards: 53.00
- Rushing Yards: 231.00
- Yards per Play: 4.44
- Points per Game: 7.00
- Passing Yards: 62.00
- Rushing Yards: 181.00
- Yards per Play: 5.52
Why bet on the Michigan Wolverines?
Many people are looking at this as a make or break season for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. While they have been good during Harbaugh’s reign, the Wolverines have never really been great. There were some signs that we might be in for more of the same this season, with Michigan struggling to put away Middle Tennessee in Week 1, eventually winning 40-21, well below the 36-point spread they were favored by.
That now represents the 5th straight time that the Wolverines have failed to cover. On the plus side, Michigan have 8 straight wins at home and are 15-1 SU in their last 16 games played in the month of September.
- Passing Yards: 220
- Rushing Yards: 233.0
- Points For: 42.0
- Points Against: 21.0
Army vs Michigan 2019 College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
- Black Knights are 9-0 SU in their last 9 games played on a Saturday
- Black Knights are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Army’s last 5 games on the road
- Wolverines are 15-1 SU in their last 16 games played in September
- Wolverines are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games played on a Saturday
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan’s last 5 games played in week 2
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Army vs Michigan
The Black Knight did not look great running the ball last week, but if they get comfortable, they can kill a lot of clock and make things tricky for Michigan. While I like the Wolverines to win, I think that the 23-point spread is beyond them.
Score: Army Black Knights 17 – Michigan Wolverines 30