Michigan Wolverines College Football Betting
For the fourth time in the last 13 years, the Michigan Wolverines will finish .500 or worse. This once-proud football program is unable to reach its former heights, even with the chosen one on campus. Jim Harbaugh was seen as the panacea that would cure Michigan football, but although he has been the most successful coach since Lloyd Carr left, the Wolverines are still unable to beat Ohio State and compete for the Big Ten title.
Michigan is 2-4 this year, and the Wolverines are slated to take on the 6-2 Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Champions Week. This game is scheduled for Saturday, December 19, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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Michigan’s game against Iowa this Saturday was called off due to COVID-19.
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This game’s status is still a little uncertain since Michigan hasn’t played since the end of November. To make matters worse, the Wolverines were originally supposed to play Purdue, but they were forced to take on the Hawkeyes due to the Big Ten’s machinations. Since Indiana was replaced by Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Hoosiers got to face the in-state rival Boilermakers this week. That meant Iowa and Michigan were left in the lurch, so the conference paired these teams together for Champions Week.
Iowa’s ground game has been solid this season. The Hawkeyes have a great one-two punch in Tyler Goodson and Mekhi Sargent. Goodson leads the way with 762 yards (5.3 YPC) and seven touchdowns, while Sargent has 432 yards (5.7 YPC) and seven touchdowns too. That has helped young quarterback Spencer Petras immensely in overcoming his early struggles.
Petras has improved significantly over the last couple weeks. He threw four touchdowns and five interceptions in his first six games, but he has five touchdowns without an interception while averaging 8.2 YPA in his last two starts. Petras has yet to throw for more than 265 yards this season, yet that’s rarely the goal with Iowa football.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is the best receiver on the team with 25 receptions for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Sam LaPorta will make a few big catches over the middle to extend drives too, but there isn’t much else to worry about on the edges.
That’s good news for Michigan’s beleaguered defense. The Wolverines have been awful at defending the pass this year, and that may spell the end of Don Brown’s tenure in Ann Arbor. Michigan is allowing 34.5 PPG and 434.3 YPG on the year.
Cade McNamara will probably get the nod at starting quarterback. He has seen more time under center than Joe Milton in recent weeks, as he has not made as many mistakes as the inconsistent Milton. This offense isn’t as turnover prone as other teams in the Big Ten, but the Wolverines do have to get close as their field goal kickers are a combined 3-9 on the year.
Hassan Haskins has done a solid job on the ground these last couple weeks, helping steady an offense that needed some consistency. He is averaging 6.1 YPC with six touchdowns on the season. Ronnie Bell is the top pass catcher with 26 receptions for 401 yards and a score, while Cornelius Johnson leads the Wolverines with three touchdown catches.
Iowa’s defense has been one of the best in the nation in 2020. The Hawkeyes are allowing just 16.0 PPG and 313.8 YPG, ranking third in defensive SP+.
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For the second straight week, the Wolverines were forced to call off a scheduled game due to COVID-19. After cancelling their final home game against Maryland, Michigan had to call off its rivalry game with Ohio State. The Wolverines were massive 30-point underdogs to the Buckeyes, so you can’t say most Michigan fans were disappointed to see that game scrapped.
Michigan’s losses to Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Penn State, coupled with the cancellations means that the Wolverines won’t win a home game for the first time in program history. It’s truly a season to forget for this team.
2020 Michigan Wolverines Schedule
||vs. Michigan State
||W 48-42 (3 OT)
||vs. Penn State
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