Michigan vs. Florida Week 1 Odds
One of the featured games in Week 1 of the College Football Season has two historic programs colliding when Michigan faces Florida.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Michigan is listed as the early favorite in this games. The Wolverines are getting odds of -6 points against Florida. The over/under total has yet to be listed. These two will meet from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They have yet to announce a kickoff time.
Michigan is coming off a 10-3 season in 2016, suffering losses to Iowa, Ohio State and Florida State. The Wolverines were 7-2 in the Big Ten while putting up just a 6-7 mark against the spread. Michigan had one of the top defensive units in the nation last season, allowing just 183 points. That ranked second nationally. They led the nation in fewest yards allowed (261.8 per game) and passing yards allowed (142.5 per game). However, a lot of those key pieces are gone. Heisman finalist Jabrill Peppers and sack leader Taco Charlton. The offense averaged 40.3 points per game, but still lacked a real consistent passing game. Wilton Speight will be back to lead the offense after throwing for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. He should continue to have some good line protection and a run game that produced 213.3 yards per game in 2016.
Florida is coming off a 9-4 record in 2016 where it won the SEC East title. The Gators were 6-3 in conference play but just 5-7-1 against the spread. Like Michigan, Florida had a great defense last season. They allowed just 16.8 points and 293 yards per game. They ranked second to Michigan in passing defense, allowing 148.5 yards per game. Offensively, Florida averaged just 23.9 points and 344 yards per game. Both were outside the top 100 in the nation. Florida’s run game averaged only 128.2 yards per contest. Luke Del Rio is returning with some experience after throwing for 1,358 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, but Florida may have an open competition between him Feleipe Franks and Jake Allen to see who runs the show.
Oddsmakers see Michigan as a national championship contender next season as well. The Wolverines are listed with 15/1 odds to win the title while Florida has 50/1 odds. The current favorite is Alabama, which has 9/2 odds, while Ohio State has 13/2 odds and Florida State and USC each have 15/2 odds.