When Jim Harbaugh took over as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines back in 2015, expectations for the program went through the roof. During that time, he has managed to put together no less than 4 double-digit win seasons, yet there is still a feeling with some that he has underperformed. There was a belief that he might jump ship after last season, when he led the Wolverines to a 12-2 record and a trip to the college football playoffs. He decided to stay after a little bit of a flirtation with the NFL, but can he come back and take his team to the playoffs again? The answer to that will likely depend on whether the Ohio State Buckeyes bounce back from a down season. Let’s take a moment to take a closer look at the Wolverines to determine whether or not they are a contender again in 2022 or whether you should skip wagering on them to win it all. Let’s get right to it so you can plan your bets against their College Football Odds.
Are the Michigan Wolverines a Good Betting Pick and a True Contender this Season?
Michigan Regular Season
There is no denying that the Wolverines had a great year in 2021, although they will certainly be disappointed at getting blown out by the Georgia Bulldogs in the playoffs. There are some who will point to a down year by the Buckeyes as a factor, but the reality is that you don’t win 12 games by being lucky. The bookies like them to have another big year, as they have the win total for the Wolverines set at 9 ½. The one thing that certainly works in the favor of the Wolverines this season is that they have a ton of games at home, including the toughest outings on their schedule.
They open the season with 4 in a row at home, all of which they should win, but things get a little tougher when they go on the road to face Iowa, the team that win the West Division last season. From that point on, things get a good deal tougher as they head into conference play, but like we mentioned, the toughest of those games are at home against Penn State and Michigan State.
With that in mind, I think that the Wolverines could well be over the 9 ½ win mark by the time they head out on the road to face Ohio State in the final game of the season. It may well be the winner of that one who heads to the Big Ten Conference Championship Game.
Conference and Playoff Odds
The Michigan Wolverines finally got over the hump last season, beating Ohio State to clinch the East Division and win a trip to the Conference Championship Game, which they also won. If they are to win the Big ten again, they are once again going to need to take out the Buckeyes, only this time around that game will come on the road. The bookies seem to think that Ohio State are going to bounce back in a big way, as they are the definite favorites to win the Big Ten. Michigan is in at +750, which is great value and worth the risk. As far as the National Championship goes, the Wolverines are in at +3500, so definitely drifting into dark horse or longshot territory. I think they are going to have a tough time matching or bettering what they did in 2021.