|2013 College Football Odds: Michigan in the mix for Big Ten Championship|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Saturday, 10 August 2013 06:00|
Michigan Season Odds
(TheSpread) – The Michigan Wolverines are without Denard Robinson, but hopes are still plenty high for the program entering the 2013 college football season.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan has been given 33/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Wolverines have also been given odds of +500 to win the Big Ten Championship and odds of +225 to win the Big Ten Legends Division. The over/under for wins for Michigan has been set at 8.5.
Brady Hoke is in his third season as head coach of the Wolverines. After going 11-2 in 2011 and winning the Sugar Bowl, Michigan dropped to 8-5 in 2012 with a loss in the Outback Bowl. This year’s team has 13 starters back from 2012, but will have a different look than previous years.
On offense, Robinson is gone at quarterback, which opens the door for Devin Gardner to take over. Gardner played the final five games of last season at quarterback while Robinson was injured, and the junior is much more of pro-style quarterback that can stretch the field with his arm. Gardner threw for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games and also rushed for 101 yards and seven scores. Gardner has been given 30/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy this year. He has cornerstone tackle Taylor Lewan back to protect his blindside this year, and he also has a slew of talented backs and receivers. Jeremy Gallon should see his numbers improve in this offense. Gallon caught 49 passes for 829 yards and four scores in 2012, but came on late with Gardner at quarterback.
Defensively, Michigan has been solid under Hoke, holding opponents under 20 points per game the last two years. The defense took a blow before the season as Jake Ryan tore his ACL in the spring after racking up 88 tackles in 2012. Ryan will return during the season, but it is uncertain when. On the flip side, junior cornerback Blake Countess is back after missing nearly all of 2012 with a knee injury. His return solidifies a secondary that already held opponents to just 169 yards per game a year ago. One area Michigan needs to improve on is sacks. The team averaged under two sacks per game, but junior Frank Clark is expected to break out this season.
When it comes to the schedule and wins, Michigan has an easy start and a very tough finish. The Wolverines play Notre Dame in week two, but should be at least 4-1 to start the year. A trip to Penn State could be tough, but is winnable. The Wolverines could be 7-0 or 6-1 entering the final five games of the year, which is a stretch of playing at Michigan State, vs. Nebraska, at Northwestern, at Iowa and at home against rival Ohio State. A conference title game and bowl game could be in the cards as well, but nine wins is not a given this year.
For a look at the odds for the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Michigan Wolverines
BCS National Champion Odds: 33/1
Big Ten Championship Odds: +500
Big Ten Legends Division Champion Odds: +225
Win Total: Over/Under 8.5
Heisman Odds: QB Devin Gardner 30/1