The 2020 Big Ten Conference will begin in Week 8, in a schedule of eight intraconference games.
Michigan Wolverines Football Betting Odds & Forecast
2020 Michigan Win Total Odds
Michigan 2020 wins: Over 9 (-110) or Under 9 (-110)
With what is set to be the first season of Michigan football with legal sports betting in the state Michigan, a current posted season win total of a flat '9' for the 2020 Michigan Wolverines predicts more of the same from the Wolverines, who are still looking for their first appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game.
2020 Michigan Wolverines Schedule
Eight straight losses vs Ohio State, and the Buckeyes being a national title favorite already has the majority penciling in that game as another defeat for the Wolverines in 2020, as that's a road contest for the Wolverines this year and Ohio State is already listed as a hefty home favorite in that spot.
'Under' bettors would need at least two more defeats to be free-rolling their play though, and that may end up being tougher then expected to get in 2020. The Wolverines other regular season losses in 2019 came on the road against ranked Wisconsin and Penn State programs and Michigan gets both of those opponents back at home in 2020, and the rest of their road schedule is rather soft.
It does make '9' the best number to post for Michigan's season though, as another 9-3 SU regular season mark has a strong likelihood of happening again for the Wolverines. Why bother coin-flipping on either side of that equation.
Michigan had a rough finish to last season but the sportsbooks are predicting nine wins for the Wolverines in 2020. (AP)
2020 Michigan Game of the Year Odds
A nationally recognized brand like Michigan will always get plenty of preseason recognition in the Game(s) of the Year odds, and 2020 is no different. Four of Michigan's contests already have early lines posted and they are small favorites in three of them.
The Wolverines season opener out West against the Washington Huskies has Michigan laying -3 points currently, while their home games against Wisconsin and Penn State have similar prices with the Wolverines laying -3.5 and -2.5 respectively.
And then there is that trip to Ohio State in the regular season finale which has Michigan as +11.5 underdogs in that game. That's definitely an interesting number for that contest for both sides, and it will be interesting to see how the season goes for both programs leading up to that game and what affect it has on the point spread the week of. If Ohio State has run the table to that point, -11.5 might be considered a steal to some.
Michigan Odds to win Big 10 Championship
The Wolverines are tied with Penn State (+600) for the second-best odds in the Big 10 conference to claim the title, but they and everyone else in the conference still get a sore neck looking all the way up at Ohio State at -230.
Any hope the Wolverines have at winning the Big 10 will always rely on them beating Ohio State in the regular season finale, and we've already discussed how big of an underdog (+11.5) they are for that game. That also assumes Michigan doesn't trip over any potential stumbling blocks leading up to that contest and are still alive for a shot at playing in the Big 10 Championship Game for the first time in school history.
So really, a +600 price tag is nice, but it just requires too much to go right for Michigan, before, during, and after the Ohio State game. With the Wolverines priced at +390 on the money line against Ohio State in those Game(s) of the Year odds currently, that would be the better way to attack the future belief that Michigan will get over the hump this year and win the Big 10. It's still nearly 4/1 odds and it's just a single game, one that Michigan HAS to win for any “Yes” tickets on their Big 10 Championship futures to have a shot.
Michigan Odds to Make 2020-21 College Football Playoff
Yes (+600) or No (-1000)
A Big 10 Championship win would assuredly get the Wolverines into the College Football Playoff for the first time in the program's history, so it really isn't all that surprising to see the odds on the “Yes” prop here priced the same.
If you are a big believer in 2020 being the year where Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan program does finally get over that ever-growing hump, then 'doubling up' on these two +600 wagers on Michigan to win the Big 10 conference and make the CFB Playoff is a betting strategy to consider.
Adding in a Michigan ML play at the +390 odds vs Ohio State should be thrown in there as well, and if 2020 is indeed the Wolverines time to finally reach the levels of success their boosters expect from them every year, bettors that do go down that pro-Michigan path will be adding a substantial amount of units to their bankroll come the Christmas holidays.
Michigan Odds to Win 2020-21 College Football Playoff
Again, it's a longer shot for Michigan to go all the way in 2020, but it's not like their path to glory is really full of question marks. The Wolverines have to get to that Ohio State game with a chance to win their division in the Big 10 and earn a spot in the conference title game the next week, win that game to grab a playoff spot, and then take their chances against the other top three teams in the country from there.
Believers in Michigan to get that far might as well throw some portion of a unit down on them going the full distance, but this is still a program where rationality and recent history suggest that it's better to take it one step at a time first with Michigan and their ability to win a “big game”.
Michigan Wolverines – Postseason Forecast
There is just too much evidence during Harbaugh's tenure here that the Wolverines will ultimately slip up at least once during the year, and likely two or three times. That suggests that it will be another late-December type Bowl game for Michigan this year as the nine wins they are projected to get is likely where they end up. Maybe it's another Citrus Bowl appearance for them in early January, but they are the ultimate “prove it first” college football program in 2020.
Michigan Wolverines Season Prediction
The season win total being set at 9 wins virtually puts betting that line in a tough spot, as it's not hard to see Michigan finish the year with exactly a 9-3 SU record. They enter 2020 with no firm answer yet on who will be the starting QB, although redshirt junior Dylan McCaffrey (NFL RB Christian McCaffrey's brother) has to at least get a shot.
Recent history of Michigan losses in big games makes this program extremely difficult to trust, even for the most loyal sports bettors in Michigan, and opening up as a double digit underdog for the Ohio State game isn't exactly the best vote of confidence.
Given Harbaugh's winless ways against the Buckeyes, you'd have to figure that another loss to Ohio State puts his job security in serious jeopardy, which makes that game almost like the be all, end all for the Wolverines in 2020. Michigan wins that game and a huge weight has been lifted, and of all the futures for Michigan's season, taking those 11.5 points, and tossing a bit on the money line vs Ohio State is really the only thing that really warrants consideration at this point.
Michigan finishes the year 10-2 or 9-3 SU but they are probably a program that's better to take a wait-and-see approach with.
Wolverines 2019 Betting Recap
The Michigan Wolverines finished off their 2019 campaign with a 35-16 loss to Alabama in the Citrus Bowl, rounding out a 9-4 year that saw them come up short in all the big games yet again.
That's been the calling card for this program during the Jim Harbaugh era, as he's yet to beat Ohio State in “The Game” since returning to his Alma mater, and some very promising seasons for the Wolverines have ended up in disappointment because of those defeats in high profile tilts.
Betting on the 2020 Michigan Wolverines
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