This might well be the most anticipated return to college football since…well ever. Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines are 6-point underdogs on the college football betting line when they visit Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes.
After a disappointing a 5-7 campaign, Michigan fired head coach Brady Hoke. Then the Wolverines brass targeted Harbaugh and didn’t disappointing. The former alum was eager to take over their floundering football program. Harbaugh brings a power-run scheme back to the program where he played quarterback in the 1980s.
Utah, which finished 9-4 last season, is looking to establish itself as a Pac-12 contender. The Utes knocked off the Wolverines 26-10 at the Big House in 2014.
Breaking Down The Michigan Wolverines at Utah Utes Betting Line & My Expert Pick
Michigan Wolverines at Utah Utes
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium
Spread: Utah -6
TV Info: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Fox Sports Go
The Michigan Wolverines (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS) return 17 total starters for new head coach Jim Harbaugh, but more importantly, they’ll have a whole new mindset under the former San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal taskmaster.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 31, 2015
While Harbaugh’s coaching ability is certainly not in doubt, he’s clearly got his work cut out in answering some question mark positions and reshaping the Wolverines in his image.
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? At this point, no one is quite sure, which brings me to my next point about backing Utah (9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS) to win this contest.
Key Michigan Wolverines Vs Utah Utes Betting Trends
- Wolverines are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 vs. Pac-12.
- Wolverines are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games in September
- Wolverines are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Utes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten.
- Utes are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Utes are 37-17-2 ATS in their last 56 non-conference games
— Pacific Takes (@PacificTakes) August 31, 2015
First and foremost, the Utes are no longer some patsy of a program that just wilts against elite opponents. No… Utah won nine games last season in their best campaign since joining the Pac-12. The Utes also 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. I am recommending everyone to back the Utes when a favorable betting line is available like this week.
Whittingham commented on his program’s progress recently. “We’ve taken a step forward every year with our depth and talent on the roster, one through 85,” he said. “It’s still a work in progress … but we feel like last year we made a lot of headway.”
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