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2022 Michigan Wolverines Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions

2022 MICHIGAN WOLVERINES BETTING ODDS, PREDICTIONS, PREVIEW

The Michigan Wolverines enjoyed their finest season since head coach Jim Harbaugh took the reins on Dec. 30, 2014. The team had lost at least three games in each of his first six seasons at the helm before last year's 12-1 regular-season mark. Michigan made its first appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game, and ended up curb-stomping Iowa 42-3 in Indianapolis to win the league title and earn its first-ever trip to the College Football Playoff.

Things didn't go terribly well in the CFP, however, as eventual national champ Georgia boat-raced Michigan 34-11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., showing that the Wolverines were not quite ready for primetime just yet.

Harbaugh had some flirtations with the NFL during the offseason, and was reportedly close to taking the head-coaching duties with the Minnesota Vikings. As a result, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis bolted for the same position with the Miami Hurricanes, given the uncertainty. Defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald left the program, too, joining Harbaugh's brother John with the Baltimore Ravens in the same capacity.

In addition to both coordinators being new, Michigan lost Heisman finalist DE Aidan Hutchinson, an early first-round pick in the NFL Draft, David Ojabo is gone, too. RB Hassan Haskins left, too, taking his 1,288 regular-season rushing yards and 20 touchdowns with him, although RB Blake Corum is back. He had 939 rushing yards and 11 scores in the regular season, but was dealing with a high-ankle sprain down the stretch, limiting his effectiveness. They should be fine in the run game.

QB Cade McNamara completed 64.6% of his passes for 2,470 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he will look to hold off a challenge from QB J.J. McCarthy, who had a nearly identical completion percentage in limited action, while running for 100 yards and two scores. Both are likely to factor in during different packages.

The defense is where Michigan figures to take the biggest step back, however. Hutchinson and Ojabo were one of the best one-two pass-rush combos in the nation. They won't easily be replaced. DLs Jaylen Harrell, Mike Morris and Taylor Upshaw will have big shoes to fill. LBs Junior Colson and Nikhai Hill-Green should be fine in the middle, but the secondary is also rebuilding, including replacing S Daxton Hill, also a high pick in the NFL Draft.

Michigan can ease into the season with a fairly cupcake-ish non-conference slate, and opening with Maryland in The Big House for the Big Ten opener should be a breeze. In fact, the Wolverines don't leave home until October, but a trip to Iowa City will be super challenging, especially against a Hawkeyes team with a chip on its shoulder looking for revenge after an ugly Big Ten title game. The Wolverines get Penn State and rival Michigan State at home, but travel to Ohio State against another team looking to avenge a loss to the Maize and Blue.

In all, this looks like a two- or three-loss team. The defense has a lot of holes to fill, the offense isn't as stacked as last season, and Michigan won't be sneaking up on people in 2022. Side with the UNDER.

Best Bet: Michigan Under 9.5 Wins (-120)

2022 MICHIGAN WOLVERINES SCHEDULE

  • Sat., Sept. 3 - vs. Colorado State
  • Sat., Sept. 10 - vs. Hawaii
  • Sat., Sept. 17 - vs. UConn
  • Sat., Sept. 24 - vs. Maryland
  • Sat., Oct. 1 - at Iowa
  • Sat., Oct. 8 - at Indiana
  • Sat., Oct. 15 - vs. Penn State
  • Sat., Oct. 29 - vs. Michigan State
  • Sat., Nov. 5 - at Rutgers
  • Sat., Nov. 12 - vs. Nebraska
  • Sat., Nov. 19 - vs. Illinois
  • Sat., Nov. 26 - at Ohio State

WIN TOTAL ODDS

  • Over 9.5 (-110)
  • Under 9.5 (-120)

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES ODDS TO WIN BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

+800

Can Michigan win the Big Ten East Division again? It's possible. But with two new coordinators, a rebuilding pass rush and a shaky secondary, they're no solid bet to topple rivals Michigan State, Penn State or Ohio State in their place. And a trip to Iowa will be problematic for the Wolverines, too. I can see two or three losses in the Big Ten, and that's not going to get Michigan a repeat performance in Indy. Stay away.

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

+2800

Michigan had one of its best teams in decades last season and fell flat on its face in Miami against eventual champ Georgia. This season the team will be a little less talented, and therefore it isn't a good bet to win all the marbles in 2022. Avoid.

Cade McNamara and Blake Corum will be big contributors on offense in 2022. (Getty Images)

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES 2022 HEISMAN CONTENDERS & ODDS

J.J. McCarthy (QB) +6000

Blake Corum (RB) +8000

Cade McNamara (QB) +15000

Donovan Edwards (RB) +15000

Corum is going to get his chance at a bulk of the carries in the backfield. McCarthy and McNamara both likely will see packages tailor-made for their skillsets, and neither is likely to put up the kind of eye-popping numbers needed for a Heisman run. The best bet is Corum, but even he will have difficulty rolling up giant numbers. Haskins had 20 rushing touchdowns and didn't sniff a trip to New York City last season. Expect Corum to be in the same boat.

2021 MICHIGAN WOLVERINES BETTING RESULTS

  • SU: 12-2
  • ATS: 11-3
  • O/U: 7-7
  • ATS-Home: 6-2
  • ATS-Road: 5-1
  • ATS-Favorite: 9-2
  • ATS-Underdog: 2-1

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