Michigan vs Utah College Football Odds Report

Posted by Daniel Strum on Thursday,September 3, 2015 2:28, EST in

Approximately 52 percent of the NCAA Football betting public may like Jim Harbaugh to lead the Michigan Wolverines to victory in his debut at his beloved alma mater, but I think the underrated Utah Utes are the better pick in this 2015 NCAA college football regular season opener. Now, let’s find out why.

How To Bet the Wolverines @ Utes NCAA Football Odds & Game Info

Time/Date: Thursday, September 3, 8:30 PM ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
NCAAF Odds: Utah -5.5
Over/Under: 45.5

Why Bet on the Utah Utes (9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS)

You may not know it, but the Utah Utes (9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS) are no longer a mediocre, mid-level kind of gridiron program that just wilts against elite D-I opponents. No…the Utes won nine games a year ago in their best season since joining the Pac-12and have an elite running back in junior college transfer Devontae Booker, a player that had a stunning season a year ago by falling just short of the school record with 1,512 rushing yards.

 I also believe that Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is one of the most underrated head coaches in the nation. Whittingham commented on his program’s progress.  “We’ve taken a step forward every year with our depth and talent on the roster, one through 85,” he says. “It’s still a work in progress … but we feel like last year we made a lot of headway.”

Why Bet on the Michigan Wolverines (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS)

The Michigan Wolverines (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS) return 17 total starters for new head coach Jim Harbaugh, but they’ll have a new and improved mindset under the former San Francisco 49ers taskmaster. While Harbaugh’s coaching ability is certainly not in doubt, the fact of the matter is that he has a ton of questions he needs to answer before the start of the season. Harbaugh’s most pressing query is who’s going to play quarterback. Will it be Shane Morris, the team’s most experienced signal-caller or will he be supplanted by hopefuls, Alex Malzone, Zach Gentry or Wilton Speight?

My Expert Betting Prediction and Pick

The good news for Harbaugh’s Maize and Blue ballclub is that they have a defense that looks like it could be one of the best in the country in no time at all after allowing just 22.1 points per game last season. Having said that…let me also say that I’m still going to urge you to back Utah in this one.  With 16 total returning starters, I believe the experienced Utes are a team that will challenge for a division title in the powerful Pac-12 and the right pick to win and cash in at home against the rebuilding Michigan Wolverines and Utah is 5-0 ATS in their last five games against Big Ten opponents and an impressive 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

The Pick: Utah Utes -3 Points