Michigan football – Wolverines 2022 season preview, predictions & best bets

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines during second half action against the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 college football
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For the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era, the Michigan Wolverines captured the Big Ten title in 2021. Not coincidentally, last season also marked Harbaugh’s first victory over Ohio State as head coach of the Buckeyes. It was speculated and perhaps even assumed that Harbaugh would take his talents to the NFL, but he ended up staying in Ann Arbor.

Will the Wolverines run it back and stay on top of the Big Ten? Or will the Buckeyes turn the tide back in their favor? With the 2022 college football season not far away, it’s time to discuss all things Michigan.

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Michigan Wolverines 2022 college football season odds

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Michigan National Championship odds

Michigan is +4000 to win the College Football Playoff. That has it tied with Oklahoma for seventh on the list of favorites.

Michigan Big Ten Championship odds

The Wolverines are +600 to secure another Big Ten title. They are the second favorites behind Ohio State (-215) no other team has better than +1100 odds (Wisconsin).

Michigan Big Ten East odds

Michigan is +400 to triumph in the Big Ten East Division. Ohio State is a substantial -320 favorite.

Michigan odds to reach the College Football Playoff

UM is +450 to be one of the four participants in the College Football Playoff (“no” is -650). Alabama (-240), Georgia (-110) and Clemson (+155) are the other three teams with the best odds.

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Michigan Wolverines 2021 season recap

Heading into the regular-season finale, the Wolverines’ only blemish on their schedule was a 37-33 setback at Michigan State. That kept them in contention for the Big East title and they won it by hammering arch-rival Ohio State 42-27. With momentum in hand, the Wolverines humiliated Iowa 42-3 in the Big Ten Championship. That punched their ticket to a first-ever appearance in the College Football Playoff, where eventual National Champion Georgia was waiting and put a 34-11 end to Michigan’s season. Statistically, the Wolverines were led by running back Hassan Haskins, who racked up 1,327 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Cade McNamara tossed 15 touchdown passes to go along with 6 interceptions. Defensively, Michigan recorded 34 sacks – 14 by Aidan Hutchinson and 11 courtesy of David Ojabo.

Michigan Wolverines 2022 college football season predictions

Although Harbaugh is back, the Wolverines have new coordinators on both sides of the ball. That should be of no concern, however. They still have a great coaching staff and their player personnel is among the best in the nation. Hutchinson, Ojabo and Haskins are significant losses, but UM will reload. Blake Corum is more than capable of taking over the reins at running back and he will be working behind one of the best offensive lines in the business. The defense may not be quite as good – at least not early in the season – but it should be a well-oiled machine by the time the schedule toughens up. All in all, Harbaugh should have another great team on his hands.

Best Bet: Michigan Wolverines Over 9.5 wins (-125)

A 9.5 quota is very reasonable for Michigan. The non-conference schedule is nothing to speak of, with Colorado State, Hawaii and UConn all paying a visit to Ann Arbor. During Big Ten action the Wolverines entertain both Penn State and Michigan State at home. Other than Ohio State, their toughest road game on paper is against Iowa. Harbaugh’s club should not lose more than twice, so roll with the over.

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