Jim Harbaugh and the 7th-ranked Michigan Wolverines begin their quest for a spot in the College Football Playoff against Hawaii on Saturday, Sept. 3. The game takes place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. Kick-off is at 12:00 pm ET.
In Harbaugh’s first season as coach, Michigan went 7 and 6 against the spread. This includes trouncing Florida 41 to 7 in their bowl game. Hawaii went 3-9-1 ATS last season. The Warriors are 1 and 0 ATS this season.
Bet The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Vs #7 Michigan Wolverines Betting Line & My Free Pick
The college football week 1 betting line opened with Michigan as a 42-point favorite. Public consensus is evenly split with 54% on Michigan Wolverines to cover. The point spread opened at MICH -41.5. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors to cover.
What: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (0-1) at No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Ann Arbor, MI
Stadium: Michigan Stadium
Spread: Michigan -40
Moneyline: Hawaii +25000 at Michigan -75000
Game Total: 54.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Hawaii vs Michigan
Why Bet on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Hawaii already has a game under their belt this season. The Warriors played California to a 31 to 51 loss on August 26. The line was Cal -20 until the day of when the line went up to Cal -21.5. The huge movement on California is how Hawaii was able to win against the spread while losing on the moneyline. That experience should only help Hawaii 7 days later against Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Why Bet on the Michigan Wolverines
Michigan is real contender for the College Football Playoff. Whomever Harbaugh starts at QB, it may not matter. The offensive line returns 5 starters. Michigan’s top 3 receiving targets from last season, including TE Jake Butt and WR Jehu Chesson, return.
The defense returns Jabril Peppers and Jourdan Lewis. Harbaugh recruited the number 1 ranked player in the nation, defensive lineman Rashan Gary, to Ann Arbor. Gary should start right away.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Wolverines lost terrific defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin during the off-season. Durkin decided to go to Maryland as their head coach. No problem. All Harbaugh did was convince Don Brown, who was Boston College’s defensive coordinator, to come to Ann Arbor. Brown had the best defense in the nation at Boston College last season.
Michigan is a viable contender for the CFP while Hawaii has a long way to go just to win more than 3 games this season. Harbaugh won’t hold back in this game. It’s doubtful Hawaii puts a single point on the board. Michigan should roll.