The Michigan Wolverines have gotten off to a 4-0 start this season, but their schedule is about to get more demanding. Five of their next seven games are away from home, including matchups at Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Penn State.
How does this reflect in their college football odds? Oddsmakers currently give them +6600 odds to win the National Championship, 13th best in the country.
But, how good is Michigan? More importantly for you, are they a good team for bettors?
Read on for a review of the University of Michigan football team so far.
The running game has been Michigan’s biggest strength so far this season. At the end of Week 4, they were the leading rushing team in the Big Ten.
To put this into perspective, the Wolverines average 291 rushing yards per game.
Corum currently has seven rushing touchdowns on the season and averages 8.5 yards per carry. As for Haskins, he has four rushing touchdowns and averages 5.7 yards.
Despite facing a more challenging opponent in Rutgers, the Wolverines did not abandon the run. They still had 33 carries between the two running backs in that game.
As said above, Michigan still has a demanding schedule ahead of them. They’re 4-0, but to be honest, it’s hard to be impressed with wins over Western Michigan, Washington, Northern Illinois, and Rutgers.
In my opinion, their first legitimate test is going to be next week when they have to go on the road against Wisconsin, who is coming off of a bad loss against Notre Dame. Here is Michigan’s remaining schedule:
- Oct. 2 at Wisconsin
- Oct. 9 at Nebraska
- Oct. 23 vs. Northwestern
- Oct. 30 at Michigan State
- Nov. 6 vs. Indiana
- Nov. 13 at Penn State
- Nov. 20 at Maryland
- Nov. 27 vs. Ohio State
Michigan has not beaten Ohio State since they hired Jim Harbaugh. On top of that, Penn State looks like a legitimate Big Ten contender this year, with two impressive wins already against Wisconsin and Auburn.
Michigan Betting Patterns
So, what does this mean for betting Michigan? First, you should pay attention to the Over/Under every week. Their two games against two Power 5 schools have each gone under, primarily because of Michigan’s style of football.
Michigan likes to run the ball a lot. So if they get an opponent they can overpower, they will control the clock and the tempo.
Also, the spread may start to work against Michigan. Rutgers is the first opponent they did not cover against this season, but that does not mean they will be the last.
Why? Because Rutgers was Michigan’s first conference opponent and arguably the best team they’ve faced so far. On top of that, Michigan gets into the tough stretch of their Big Ten schedule starting next week.
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