Oddsmakers have gradually unveiled betting lines on some of Michigan’s high profile soccer games this fall.
We already told you the Wolverines started as 14-point underdogs in their Ohio State regular-season finals, but they’ve also started as favorites in four other games, including key matchups against Penn State and Michigan State.
Now the projected overall wins for the 2022 season are out… and they suggest Jim Harbaugh’s team could be in for another big season.
FanDuel, Caesars Sportsbook and PointsBet all announced regular season aggregate wins this week, and each operator has put Michigan on 9 1/2 wins.
That means the odds makers believe the Wolverines have a good chance of winning at least nine games this season and a real possibility of them winning ten.
Here’s the state of affairs for all three books at the time of publication:
■ FanDuel: Over 9.5 (+110), Under 9.5 (-130)
■ PointsBet: Over 9.5 (+100), Under 9.5 (-120)
■ Caesars: Over 9.5 (-115), Under 9.5 (-115)
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The vig (the tax paid that goes into the book’s coffers) on the bottom suggests oddsmakers believe there’s a better chance Michigan will fall below that 9.5 win total, despite Caesar’s believing seems like it’s a bit more balanced.
A quick look at Michigan’s schedule this fall suggests a quick start is likely, with three Group of 5 opponents at home (Colorado State, Hawaii, UConn) opening, followed by the Big Ten’s opener at home against Maryland.
After that, however, things are looking up again, with back-to-back road tilts in Iowa and Indiana followed by crucial home games against Penn State and rival Michigan State. The schedule eases up a bit in November, with games at Rutgers and at home against Nebraska and Illinois, capped off by the all-important final in Ohio State.
Michigan could very well start 4-0, and if they split (at least) two of the next four games and win the three-game stretch early in November, Harbaugh’s team would be 9-2 on the way to Columbus. Of course, there’s a very real possibility that they can beat Iowa, Indiana, Penn State and Michigan State three out of four and make them 10-1.
Either way, the Wolverines will have a goal on their backs by 2022 after winning 12-2 (11-1 in the regular season), winning the Big Ten championship and earning an appearance in the College Football Playoffs last season to have. You’ve proven many doubters wrong, and confidence like that can go a long way.
Of course, Michigan has a lot to figure out after losing eight starters to the NFL. Much of the departure has been on the defensive side of the ball, where a new coordinator is in charge (Jesse Minter) who is trying to build on what the program has been able to achieve.
Here’s the full schedule as it stands today, with current FanDuel point distributions:
■ Sept. 3 vs. Colorado State
■ September 10 against Hawaii
■ Sept 17 vs UConn
■ September 24 vs. Maryland
■ Oct. 1 in Iowa (Michigan -4)
■ October 8th in Indiana
■ Oct. 15 vs. Penn State (Michigan -6.5)
■ Oct. 22 – Goodbye
■ Oct. 29 vs. Michigan State (Michigan -8)
■ November 5 at Rutgers
■ Nov. 12 vs. Nebraska (Michigan -11.5)
■ Nov. 19 vs. Illinois
■ November 26 in Ohio State (Michigan +13.5)
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