There was a massive shake-up in the NCAA football world last week, with nine of the top 21 teams losing. With that in mind, almost all of the college football odds to win the National Championship changed.
While others lost, the Michigan Wolverines held strong with an impressive win on the road over Wisconsin. Now, they find themselves in the top 10 for the first time all season.
How did it affect the Michigan Wolverines playoff odds? Let’s find out.
Michigan Wolverines Playoff Odds
Below are the updated odds going into Week 6 for Michigan to win the Big Ten and the National Championship:
- Big Ten: +450
- National Championship: +3000
For both the conference and the national title, Michigan has the third-best odds in the Big Ten to win. When looking at every team in the country, Michigan currently has the seventh-best odds to win the championship despite being ranked ninth.
Michigan likely cannot afford to take more than one loss on their remaining schedule if they want to make the playoffs. Here is who still stands in their way:
- 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
The road ahead is no doubt going to be challenging for the Wolverines. As of Week 6, Michigan still has to face three teams ranked in the top 12, two of them being on the road in Michigan State and Penn State.
But, Michigan has already proved that they can go on the road and win in a challenging environment with their victory against Wisconsin last week.
They have to do it again against Nebraska, which may not be as easy as it sounds. Despite being unranked, Nebraska has been on the verge of two big upsets on the road, losing in overtime to Michigan State and losing by a touchdown to Oklahoma.
The odds suggest that you may not want to look past the Cornhuskers if you are a Michigan fan. Michigan is only a three-point favorite in that game despite being a top 10 team.
What Stands Out
Despite the challenging schedule coming up and the intriguing line for next week’s game, there are some things that Wolverines fans can hold their heads high on.
The first thing is that their defense has been phenomenal through the first five games. Michigan has not allowed more than 17 points in a game yet, and that season-high came against Wisconsin. The only defense in the Big Ten that ranks ahead of them in both points allowed and total yards is Iowa.
Offensively, Michigan can take comfort in the fact that this team does not have to rely entirely on running the ball. It was something the Wolverines loved to do earlier in the season, but they were held to just 112 rushing yards last week, less than half of their average per game for the season.
Instead, quarterback Cade McNamara had his most productive game of the season last week, going 17/28 while throwing for 197 yards, and he had two touchdown passes.
If Michigan can get this performance consistently from McNamara, that makes this offense dangerous. When you combine a balanced offense with a defense that can dominate any team on any Saturday, you have the components of a championship team.
Make Your Michigan Predictions
Do you think Michigan can successfully continue their path to the playoffs, or do you see them getting knocked off soon?
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