The Michigan Wolverines buried stigmas in 2021. They won their first outright Big Ten title since 2003 and clinched their first College Football Playoff berth. After a wild offseason where Jim Harbaugh entertained leaving for the NFL (but ultimately didn’t), Michigan must run it back with two new coordinators and a defense without three first-round players. The odds suggest Michigan can overcome the losses and contend another season.
This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Michigan Wolverines for the 2022 season. Where do they stand on college football odds tables and can they win a second straight Big Ten title?
Week 2 Odds: Michigan vs. Hawaii
Michigan is an impressive favorite against visiting Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors battle roster talent deficiency and moving ahead six hours due to time zone differences. This feels like a real warmup game for J. J. McCarthy, who gets the start this week. Don’t expect this game to be close in the second half.
Michigan odds, 2022 team preview
Michigan isn’t going anywhere. Losing Adian Hutchinson and David Ojabo on the defensive front are two huge losses and the defensive line will need guys to step up. But the talent of the linebacking corps, the experience in the secondary, and the continuation of a nightmare-inducing scheme will keep Michigan’s defense right in line with what we saw a year ago.
Minter excelled in developing defensive backs at Vanderbilt, his last stop before Ann Arbor. Against receiving corps like Ohio State and Penn State, developing the secondary could be life or death for this team in 2022.
The Wolverines return seven starters on offense and three experienced rotational players (McCarthy, Corum, and receiver Roman Wilson). They promoted OL coach Sherrone Moore and QBs coach Matt Weiss to co-offensive coordinators– a growing trend in college football– who are expected to continue running the football. However, expect more downfield passing this season. Despite Michigan being known as a bully ground-and-pound offense last year, they expertly peppered in downfield passes to perfection (see: Ohio State game).
The battle between McNamara and McCarthy likely won’t end– the Wolverines even released that McNamara would start Game 1 and McCarthy Game 2. McCarthy undoubtably will see planned time throughout the season while McNamara remains the starter. Both players are very capable athletes who fit into Michigan’s offensive puzzle snugly.
Michigan’s biggest strength will once again be their offensive line. They return three of five starters from their Joe Moore Award-winning crew from last year and supplement it with Virginia transfer Olusegun Oluwatimi at center.
Their first four games are a breeze (vs. Colorado State, Hawaii, UConn, and Maryland). That gives time for the coordinators to get comfortable before the meat of their Big Ten schedule.
Players to watch
- RB Blake Corum: Hassan Haskins was the back who got most of the attention last season, but sophomore Blake Corum nearly crossed the 1,000-yard mark himself. He was hindered by an ankle injury down the stretch, but Corum is every bit as explosive and violent a runner as Haskins. Even with a new OC, expect Corum to be the centerpiece of Michigan’s offense this season.
- OL Olusegun “Victor” Oluwatimi: Oluwatimi was one of 247Sports’ highest-graded transfers out of Virginia. He joins an OL that won the Joe Moore Award last season (for the top OL) and returns three starters. The addition of Oluwatimi at center landed Michigan No. 1 on Phil Steele’s OL national unit rankings and No. 3 at Athlon Sports.
- DT Mazi Smith: In contrast to last season, Michigan’s defensive line is likely their weakest unit. Smith, a rising senior, is the best player and the only returning starter along the defensive front. One of their greatest assets in 2021 was the ability to rush passers and shut down the run without needing to load the box– Smith nudges Michigan in the direction of being able to do that again this year.
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Michigan schedule and betting odds
|9/3/22||vs. Colorado State||12:00 p.m.||-28|
|9/10/22||vs. Hawaii||8:00 p.m.||OTB|
|9/17/22||vs. UConn||12:00 p.m.||OTB|
|9/24/22||vs. Maryland||12:00 p.m.||OTB|
|10/8/22||at Indiana||12:00 p.m.||OTB|
|10/15/22||vs. Penn State||TBA||-7|
|10/29/22||vs. Michigan State||TBA||-8.5|
|11/26/22||at Ohio State||12:00 p.m.||+13.5|
|12/3/22||Big Ten Championship||8:00 p.m.|
Michigan Wolverines futures odds
College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.
Michigan win total
The Wolverines’ win total is expectedly fewer than their 12 wins from last season. Oddsmakers line them for over wins in the regular season. Since Michigan handles both Penn State and Michigan State at home, there’s a clear path for an 11-0 Wolverines heading to Columbus in Week 13. However, they draw a road test against Iowa in Week 5.
Odds to win 2023 National Championship
Michigan sits in the mid-tier of teams to win the National Championship with odds. That number is second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State.
Odds to win Big Ten Championship
Michigan has odds to win the Big Ten. As is every season, they have to traverse the gauntlet of the Big Ten East; but if they win the division, there’s a very good chance they win back-to-back Big Ten titles.
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