MICHI­GAN over Air Force by 16

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Michi­gan’s sea­son-open­ing blowout of Florida en­sured that the Wolver­ines would carry a heavy price tag for the rest of the year. It hap­pened last week when the Maize-and-Blue laid 32.5 points to Cincin­nati in their home opener at the Big House, and the hosts never came close to cov­er­ing. And this looks like more of the same. Looks, we re­spect the tremen­dous tal­ent that now plays for Michi­gan and we re­al­ize head coach Jim Har­baugh has be­come al­most larger than life in Ann Ar­bor. But Air Force typ­i­cally gives fits to teams like UM that don’t see the Fal­cons’ pe­cu­liar run-op­tion of­fense but once ev­ery few years. Hey, we love dis­ci­plined, mil­i­tary dogs tak­ing 20 or more points (see Army at Ohio State in same role later to­day), and our well-oiled ma­chine con­curs: CFB teams in Game Two, off a win and play­ing with a week of rest, are a long-term 132-95-4 ATS, in­clud­ing

if they al­lowed 3 or fewer points in the win. The Fly­boys have cashed four straight as road dogs of more than 17 points and the Wolver­ines just hap­pen to have their Big Ten opener against Pur­due on deck (0-7 ATS be­fore bat­tling the Boil­er­mak­ers). Har­baugh’s bunch is also a medi­ocre 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the Moun­tain West, plus only 3-7 ATS in the sec­ond of back-to-back home games. Air Force car­pet­bombed VMI last week, 62-0, and ar­rive with a 9-3 ATS record af­ter scor­ing 45 or more points. The cherry on top? The Fal­cons are the stars of this week’s on page 2.

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