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Michigan Wolverines Odds - Fans hoping to see big growth spurt

Posted by Blake Frazier on 4/18/2012 12:37:50 PM
NCAAF oddsThe Michigan Wolverines odds are about as low as they can go. The once-proud school tumbled last year with a nine-loss season and a bowl-less postseason. Online betting handicappers know that Rich Rodriguez had a big jump from his first to second in West Virginia, so they are expected a similar leap at The Big House.

Michigan Wolverines odds: Wolverines a long ways away from contending for the Big 10 title

  • Wolverines miss a bowl game for the first time in 39 years in 2008
  • Freshman quarterback Tate Fournier brings a breath of fresh air to Wolverines offense
  • Greg Robinson should bring stability to defense

For the Michigan Wolverines odds to win the Big 10 to improve, they first have to grasp Rodriguez’s offense. Considering the fact that it isn’t exactly a pro offense, the Wolverines had a really tough time adjusting to it last year. More importantly, as any college football betting handicappers who watched or bet against the maize and blue can attest to, the Wolverines just didn’t have the right personnel.

The Wolverines odds should be improved, though, as they return 11 starters on offense. But the problem wasn’t experience before - it was talent. Freshman quarterback Tate Fournier brings talent and swagger, which should give this offense a big shot in the arm. With Brandon Minor in the backfield, a running back who could lead the Big 10 in rushing, and a deep wide receiving corps, the real issue is just the trigger man and offensive line. If Fournier can handle the job early in his NCAA career, Michigan’s offense will be much more competent.

The team was very unbalanced last year, which gave a poor indication of what the defense can do. Each week in the sportsbook in 2008, the Wolverines odds would be low not only because their offense couldn’t score, but because it would make mistakes to put the defense in bad positions. If they improve, it will have a ripple effect on the defense. One ominous sign is that the defense is on its third scheme in three years. Greg Robinson is a good, proven coordinator so it’s just a matter of time before this unit turns around.

The Michigan Wolverines odds to win the Big 10 are long and they aren’t even worth it at this point. But look for this team to grow throughout the season and make a push for a decent bowl in November.

For more analysis on sports betting lines and matchups, check out the Betting Edge regularly throughout the season.

Blake walked onto his college football team and had a brief stint as an assistant coach after he graduated. He brings a sharp mind to the world of sports handicapping. Blake understands the nuances of the game that only someone who has played would understand. Thoughts or questions?



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