Michigan Wolverines College Football Betting
Jim Harbaugh was supposed to be the cure that fixed all ills with Michigan football. The Wolverines courted Harbaugh for years before he finally made the decision to return to Ann Arbor. While Michigan is much better than it was under Rich Rodriguez or Brady Hoke, Harbaugh has been unable to return this program to elite status. Michigan has yet to play in the Big Ten Championship Game, and the Wolverines have only defeated arch-rival Ohio State one time since 2003. Michigan will face a tough test when it travels to the Twin Cities to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend. The Little Brown Jug will be up for grabs in the only game between ranked Big Ten teams, and the Wolverines will have to gear up for an even bigger game against Michigan State next weekend.
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Michigan Wolverines -3
Minnesota Golden Gophers +3
Michigan Wolverines Weekly Matchup
One of the biggest problems Michigan has faced since Harbaugh took over is the program’s inability to find a quarterback. Shea Patterson posted solid numbers as a grad transfer last year, but he did not work out as expected. Patterson is now gone, and Dylan McCaffrey entered the transfer portal, leaving sophomore Joe Milton as the Wolverines’ presumptive starter in 2020.
Milton is from the Muck, so you know he is talented. However, he hasn’t thrown the ball much in his two seasons in Ann Arbor. He has completed 6 of 11 passes for 117 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. If Milton doesn’t work out, the two signal callers behind him on the depth chart are freshmen, so it could be a long season for the Maize and Blue.
However, there is a ton of talent surrounding Milton. Harbaugh has recruited well and played a lot of his young freshmen last year, so that will help Michigan as the program continues to build for the future. Sophomore running backs Zach Charbonnet and Hassan Haskins combined to run for 1,348 yards and 15 touchdowns last year, and top receiver Ronnie Bell is back too.
Michigan’s offense line doesn’t have a senior projected to start, but right tackle Jalen Mayfield decided to play after initially opting out, giving this unit a huge boost. Mayfield is projected to be a first-round draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Golden Gophers ranked 26th in defensive SP+ last season, as P.J. Fleck continues to build something special at Minnesota. Their starting cornerbacks return to give this team one of the best pass defenses in the conference. Coney Durr and Benjamin St-Juste both had 10 passes defensed last season, but playmaking safety Antoine Winfield Jr. will be missed.
Minnesota is electric on offense, and the Golden Gophers could give Don Brown’s defense real fits. Tanner Morgan was one of the Big Ten’s best quarterbacks last season, and Rashod Bateman (20.3 YPC) established himself as one of the top receivers in the country alongside Tyler Johnson. Mohamed Ibrahim can run the ball well, as we saw in the Outback Bowl against Auburn, so the Wolverines must be on their toes.
Brown’s defense ranked 11th in defensive SP+ last season, but Michigan will have to replace a number of key players. This secondary is very inexperienced, and the linebacking corps might have some trouble early with some new faces.
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Michigan football is one of the most powerful name brands in any sport, college or pro. Much of that is based on mythology and ancient history. The “Winningest Program in College Football” padded its win totals with most of its success attained between 1901-1948 when it won 10 national titles. Since then, the Maize and Blue have exactly half a natty, which was won in 1997. The winged helmet, the rousing fight song, the “Big House” formally known as Michigan Stadium, and one of the world’s largest alumni and fanbases keep the image alive.
2020 Michigan Wolverines Schedule
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