Michigan Wolverines Odds - Citrus Bowl Betting

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Michigan Wolverines Betting

The Michigan Wolverines will play a bowl game on January 1, but it isn’t one of the prestigious New Year’s Six Bowl games. The maize and blue trashed that opportunity by losing to their Big Ten rival Ohio State for an eighth straight time in the regular season finale. The knock on Jim Harbaugh is his failure to win a big game and he’s never won The Game. Now he’d like to end a season on a winning note and in order to do that the Wolverines need to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citrus Bowl. UM has lost its last three bowl games failing to cover the closing line in each contest. The Wolverines opened as a 7-point dog on the college football betting line.

Citrus Bowl Odds

Michigan Wolverines +7

Alabama Crimson Tide -7

Total 58

We saw a similar scenario play out last year with Michigan getting steamrolled by Ohio State and then not showing up for the Peach Bowl. Laying 4-points to Florida in that matchup, the Wolverines were handed a 41-15 defeat. Is there anything that says UM can turn the tables this year? Last year they were depressed over losing the chance to play in the Big Ten title game and a possible CFP berth. That wasn’t the case in 2019 after early season losses to Wisconsin and Penn State. And I believe the Wolverines would like to wash the stench of that OSU game out of their system.

We also saw Michigan put together a nice offensive game plan over the second half of the season. Behind Shea Patterson the group came alive averaging 38.6 points over the last five outings. That’s nothing spectacular when compared to other Power 5 teams, but for UM it’s impressive. Patterson grasped the offense of new coordinator Josh Gattis and threw for over 300 yards in each of the last three games. He hadn’t thrown for more than 276 in the first nine outings. The output raised Michigan’s season average to 33 points per game.

With Patterson throwing for 305 yards and a score, the Wolverines put up the most points on Ohio State this season. Unfortunately, the defense didn’t have an answer and the Buckeyes went off for a 56-27 victory. There were some encouraging signs by the offense which makes us think the group can dent Alabama’s group. After all, the Tide lost two of its last four giving up 48 points to Auburn and 46 to LSU in the losses. And overall Bama hasn’t been as strong on that side of the football, or not as strong as what were used to seeing.

Michigan couldn’t contain Ohio State’s playmakers with Justin Fields throwing four touchdown passes and J.K. Dobbins scoring four more while compiling 211 yards on 31 rush attempts. The usually staunch defense gave up three scoring plays of 30 or more yards and the Buckeyes amassed 577 yards of offense. Now the Wolverines have to deal with Alabama’s strong group of skill players.

Mac Jones has the difficult task of replacing Tua Tagovailoa, but he did a nice job against Auburn. With the help of speedy receivers Jaylen Waddle and Henry Ruggs III, Jones had 335 passing yards with four touchdowns. However, Jones did something Tua rarely did – he tossed a pair of interceptions which were both returned for scores. Behind their backup QB the Tide shredded a good Auburn defense for 515 total yards. This matchup has all the makings of a slugfest with the last team possessing the football coming out on top.

Regular Season Recap

Despite what’s being said the Michigan program is in a good place with Harbaugh at the helm. Sure, he’s never beaten the biggest rival or gotten the team to the Big Ten Championship. But before he arrived the program was in disarray. In the 11 seasons before Harbaugh arrived at Ann Arbor the Wolverines won 10 or more games just twice and never in consecutive seasons. UM won 10 games in each of Harbaugh’s first two seasons, got there again in 2018 and with a win over Alabama they can cap another 10-win campaign.

With Patterson returning after a decent 2018, the Wolverines had some stability at the most important position on the field. Working with a new offensive coordinator, the offense was expected to take off. The Wolverines opened the campaign with a pair of uninspiring wins over Middle Tennessee and Army, squeaking by the Cadets in overtime. Then they got crushed, 35-14, at Wisconsin with hopes of Big Ten East title and CFP berth taking a severe blow.

Beating No. 14 Iowa at home a few weeks later was big, but all hope was lost when the Wolverines fell, 28-21, at No. 7 Penn State a few weeks later. That was actually a turning point in a positive way for the program. It would have been easy for the Wolverines to cash it in at that point with a 5-2 record. But they regrouped and hammered Notre Dame, 45-14, at home the following week in what Harbaugh called his team’s best game of the season. UM won four in a row and covered five straight before losing to OSU for a 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS regular season.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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