Michigan Wolverines College Football Betting
For the second straight season, the Michigan Wolverines came up short, as they lost in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. Last year the Wolverines lost to Georgia and this time they were beaten by TCU. Despite the fact that Michigan beat rival Ohio State in the regular season, very few Michigan fans are going to be happy with another season of falling short of a national title. The Wolverines were unbeaten and favored to beat TCU in the College Football Playoff but the team looked completely unprepared in the first half before finally getting things going in the second half. Ultimately, it was too little, too late for Michigan and even though the Wolverines finished 2022 with a record of 13-1, the season feels like a failure.
2022 Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines went 13-1 SU and 8-5-1 ATS in 2022 with six games going over the total and eight going under. The Wolverines were favored in all but one of their games in 2022, as they were underdogs against Ohio State.
Michigan averaged 40.1 points per game and that ranked 7th in the country and they averaged 453.5 yards per game. They gave up 13.4 points per game which was 5th in the nation and they allowed just 277.1 yards per contest. Blake Corum led the team with 1,463 rushing yards before getting hurt, J.J. McCarthy threw for 2,376 yards, while Ronnie Bell had a total of 754 receiving yards. During the regular season, Michigan outscored its opponents by 347 points, the best point differential by any Michigan team since 1905.
The 2022 Michigan Wolverines will be remembered as a team that was unbeaten until losing to TCU in the College Football Playoff. They will also be remembered as the first team to beat rival Ohio State in back-to-back seasons for the first time in more than 20 years. This Michigan team also won back-to-back Big Ten titles for the first time since 2003-04.
Two of Michigan’s star players, quarterback JJ McCarthy and running back Donovan Edwards, said that the team will bounce back and be back next season. “Fought our hearts out,” McCarthy said to the media, “There’s a lot of things that we could have done better. Can’t wait to watch the tape. But we’ll be back, and I promise that.”
Michigan Wolverines Weekly Recap
The TCU Horned Frogs defeated the Michigan Wolverines 51-45 in the College Football Playoff semifinals thanks to the defense's two interceptions returned for scores and quarterback Max Duggan's four scores. When the Wolverines got the ball back on their 25 with 52 seconds left, they had a chance to win the game, but they were unable to get a first down. On Michigan's fourth-down play, which was stopped at the line of scrimmage, TCU avoided a targeting review.
Despite being less productive than normal, Duggan still managed to complete 14 of his 29 throws for 225 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He ran for two touchdowns as well, and the Frog' season-high 150 yards were gained by backup running back Emari Demercado who received the majority of the carries after starter Kendre Miller, who finished the regular season with 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns, had to leave the game in the second quarter due to a knee injury.
Wide receiver Quentin Johnston converted a short ball from Duggan into a score after jumping out of a shoddy tackle attempt on one of his six receptions for 163 yards. It increased the Horned Frogs' lead to 48-38 with 13:07 remained in the contest.
For Michigan, J.J. McCarthy completed 20 of 34 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns, but the two pick-6s he threw ultimately determined the outcome. Roman Wilson had five receptions for 104 yards, while Ronnie Bell had six receptions for 135 yards.
Beyond its two touchdowns, TCU's defense nevertheless made a significant contribution. It attacked consistently and placed the Wolverines in difficult down-and-distances during the first half, recording four sacks and a staggering 13 tackles for loss.
TCU proved it belonged from the start by building a 21-6 lead at the half. Bud Clark's 41-yard interception return and Duggan's 1-yard rush to end a 76-yard drive gave them a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. After an 83-yard march, Duggan connected with Taye Barber on a 6-yard touchdown throw to make the score 21-3. But just before halftime, Jake Moody blasted a 59-yard field goal to give Michigan a little hope.
In a third quarter that saw the Wolverines score 24 points, McCarthy mixed in his second pick-6 of the contest and Dee Winters hauled it back 29 yards for a 34-16 TCU lead. But Kalel Mullings' 1-yard rush and a two-point conversion helped Michigan get within 41-30.
The Wolverines lost in the CFP semifinals for the second consecutive season. In bowl contests, they dropped to 1-6 under coach Jim Harbaugh.
2022 Michigan Wolverines Schedule
||vs. Colorado State
||vs. Penn State
||vs. Michigan State
||at Ohio State
||vs. Purdue (Big Ten Championship)
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