No. 2 Michigan Favored In College Football Playoff Semifinal Against No. 3 TCU

Written By Drew Ellis on December 4, 2022 - Last Updated on December 7, 2022

The College Football Playoffs are set and No. 2 Michigan will take on No. 3 TCU in a semifinal.

The four-team field, which also includes No. 1 Georgia and No. 4 Ohio State, was announced on Sunday.

Michigan and TCU will meet up for the first-time in their history in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31.

Where do the Wolverines stack up at Michigan sportsbooks against the Horned Frogs? Where do their odds sit to win the national championship?

Michigan vs. TCU Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff odds

Michigan makes its second consecutive playoff appearance when it takes on TCU on Dec. 31.

The game will take place from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

College football oddsmakers are opening with the Wolverines as a sizable favorite over the Horned Frogs.

Most Michigan sportsbooks opened with the Wolverines as a 9.5-point favorite in the Fiesta Bowl, but that has since moved quite a bit toward TCU.

The over/under total is listed at 59.5 points.

Michigan is 13-0 overall this season and 8-4-1 against the spread. The Wolverines have gone under the total in 8 of 13 games.

TCU is 12-1 overall and 9-3-1 against the spread. The Horned Frogs have gone over the total in 7 of their 13 games.

In the other semifinal, the Peach Bowl, Georgia is listed as a 6.5-point favorite against Ohio State.

College Football Playoff Championship Odds

When it comes to winning the playoffs entirely, Michigan finds itself behind Georgia in the odds race.

Georgia remains the clear favorite in the championship race, as the only team with negative odds.

Michigan and Ohio State are comparable with their odds, with the Wolverines just slightly shorter.

Michigan’s opponent, TCU, finds itself as the established longshot to claim the championship.

Should Michigan advance to the national championship, it finds itself as an underdog in either case.

DraftKings Sportsbook MI lists Michigan as a 6-point underdog should it face Georgia in the title game. Perhaps more eye-opening is it also lists U-M as a 2.5-point underdog in a potential rematch with Ohio State.

The Wolverines did just top the Buckeyes 45-23 two weeks ago in Columbus.

Michigan rolls in Big Ten Championship Game

Michigan did what it has been doing all season in Saturday’s conference title game – it dominated the second half.

The Wolverines outscored Purdue 29-9 in the final two quarters to pick up a 43-22 win over the Boilermakers.

Even though Michigan lost leading rusher Blake Corum for the season due to his knee injury, Donovan Edwards proved to be a solid substitute.

The sophomore from West Bloomfield rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

J.J. McCarthy continued to make the plays necessary when needed at quarterback. He was 11 of 17 passing for 161 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Defensively, Will Johnson led the unit with a pair of interceptions and two tackles.

TCU coming off loss in Big 12 Championship

TCU managed to hang on to the third spot in the college football rankings despite a 31-28 OT loss to Kansas State in Saturday’s Big 12 Championship Game.

The Horned Frogs were stopped on a fourth and goal from the 1 yard line in OT, allowing the Wildcats to secure a field goal for the victory.

Despite the loss, TCU will bring a high-powered offense to Glendale. The Horned Frogs ranked sixth nationally in scoring at 40.3 points per game. They also average 473.1 yards per contest.

Quarterback Max Duggan could find himself as a Heisman Trophy finalist this week. He has thrown for 3,321 yards and 30 touchdowns on the season. He also has rushed for 404 yards and six touchdowns, while throwing just four interceptions.

Kendre Miller has rushed for 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns to lead the TCU ground game. The Horned Frogs will be challenged by Michigan’s run defense that ranks third nationally at 85.2 yards per contest.

TCU is making its first appearance in the College Football Playoffs.

Photo by Michael Conroy / Associated Press
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Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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