Points a Rarity in Wisconsin-Michigan Clash

Points will prove few as a pair of defensive-minded coaches clash in the Wisconsin-Michigan B1G feature Satruday night. Our Week 7 expert picks are also targeting ranked action between Oregon and Washington, and a rare Friday matchup between South Florida and Tulsa. Best bets and score predictions here.

No. 23 South Florida (-7.5, 63.5) at Tulsa
Time: Friday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Tips & Trends:

The UNDER is 10-3 all-time when Tulsa head coach Phil Montgomery leads his squad against an American Athletic Conference opponent with a higher winning percentage. The Golden Hurricanes have just a single victory on the season, a 38-27 season-opening win over FCS Central Arkansas. South Florida enters undefeated at 5-0 straight up (SU) and 2-3 against the spread (ATS).

Tulsa averages 26.3 points per game in the abovementioned situation, leaning with the run on 59.8 percent of offensive plays. Opponents hit back for 48.9 rushes per game. A continual ticking clock will help the game finish well short of the total. Go against the line movement and pick UNDER 63.5

Score Prediction: Bulls 30-24

No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan (-8, 48)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Tips & Trends:

Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh have clashed two other times in Big Ten play. The defensive-driven contests averaged 27.5 combined points and 533.5 total yards between both. There will be plenty of teams across the country to eclipse both set of numbers on their own in Week 7. Oddsmakers can’t set a number low enough to attract fair action. Pick UNDER 48 as your best bet, as the winner will be lucky to reach three touchdowns.

Score Prediction: Wolverines 20-17

No. 7 Washington (-3.5, 57.5) at No. 17 Oregon
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Tips & Trends:

If Oregon can pull off the upset, it will do so via a suspect defense or a lackluster offensive effort by the Huskies, because it is not going to light up the scoreboard. Washington head coach Chris Petersen has never given up more than 30 points against Pac-12 foes in 22 contests when ranked in the AP Poll. UNDER 57.5 is the best bet.

Score Prediction: Huskies 31-21

Purdue (-10.5, 63) at Illinois
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)

Tips & Trends:

Illinois posts 13.4 points per game at an 18.8 average line under head coach Lovie Smith when kicking off the betting underdog. In 10 contests with shorter odds (12.2 avg. line), the points inch up to just 13.9 per tilt. The unit has shown a bit more explosiveness in 2018 than in Smith’s first two seasons, but don’t be fooled. Moreover, the Illini’s penchant to run the ball will help keep a sometimes-dangerous Purdue offense off the field. The public is hammering the OVER. Play against. South of 63 is the sharp play.

Score Prediction: Boilermakers 31-17