Michigan (12-0) at Iowa (10-2)
Game Info: Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 at 8 p.m. EST (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Michigan -22.5 (-105) - Over/Under (35.5)
Pick: Michigan -22.5 (-105)
Saturday night takes us to Indianapolis where the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan Wolverines meet in the Big Ten conference championship game. This will be the final conference championship game in the old era of the Big Ten and both teams will be looking to cap it off with a conference championship victory here in this one on Saturday night. Both of these teams have had respectable seasons, but only one of them has an opportunity to make the playoffs and that is Michigan as they look for their third consecutive conference championship. Iowa will be looking to play spoiler and potentially knock Michigan out of the playoffs as well as secure themselves a New Year’s Six bowl in the process.
Michigan has put together an incredible regular season that concluded with their third consecutive victory over Ohio State last weekend in Ann Arbor. They will be looking for their third consecutive conference championship this week, and their third consecutive playoff appearance with a victory here in this one on Saturday night against Iowa. This Michigan team is unstoppable throughout the regular season, despite the ongoing investigation and all the drama surrounding this program throughout the year. Quarterback JJ McCarthy, running backs Donovan Edwards, and Blake Corum have led this offense to new heights and they will be looking to do it once again with another quality performance here in this one against the Iowa Hawkeyes as Michigan looks for another Big Ten championship.
Their defense has been solid throughout the first 12 games of the regular season and they will be looking to step up and prove how solid they are against an Iowa defense that will be the talk of this game throughout the early part of Saturday night. Just fight the success within the conference over the last two years of Michigan has yet to win a playoff game and a victory in this game would give them a more favorable matchup, heading into the opening round of the playoff. They will also be looking for their second consecutive undefeated, regular season with another quality performance in this game on Saturday night in Indianapolis against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes have put together a pretty successful season throughout 2023 and they will be looking to cap it off with a conference championship on Saturday night against Michigan. Iowa has a tremendous defense that has led away for them throughout their 10 victories this season but if their offense was nearly as good as their defense, they would likely be a national championship contender. That is a problem that has faced the Iowa Hawkeyes throughout the last several years as they have not had a good enough offense to compete with the elite teams in college football.
If they did, I will potentially be making a playoff appearance this season instead of having to settle for a conference championship game victory getting them into a quality New Year’s six ball game. They come into this game with plenty of momentum and had Cade McNamara not gotten hurt this would be the perfect storyline as he would’ve faced his old team in the Big Ten conference championship game. However, that hasn’t been the case and I will have to rely on their defense to get the job done in this game against Michigan as they look to slow down a very lethal Michigan attack here on Saturday night in Indianapolis. Iowa has put together 10 victories in their first 12 games of the regular season with one of their losses coming in upset fashion in a game that they likely should’ve picked up the victory in.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Michigan is 12-0 as a favorite
- Iowa is 0-1 against ranked opponents
- Michigan is 2-0 against ranked opponents
I expect this game to be close and competitive throughout the first half, but eventually I look for Michigan to pull away and pick up a victory over Iowa. As I look for the Michigan Wolverines to win their third consecutive Big Ten conference championship game and set up their third consecutive playoff appearance as well. I look for this game to be a defensive throughout the early part of the contest, but in the end I do look for Michigan and I only pick up the victory, but I also expect them to cover the spread as well.As always, get our VIP Pick Free Tonight by Clicking Here!