Coming off a Big Ten title in 2021, No. 8 Michigan is set to kickoff the 2022 college football season this weekend.
The Wolverines will play host to Colorado State in ABC’s opener on Saturday at Noon ET.
Will Michigan football continue to build off its breakout season a year ago?
What are the keys that sports bettors in Michigan should be looking for in Saturday’s contest?
Michigan Week 1 College Football odds
Michigan’s football odds for Week 1 are quite lopsided in what will be the season opener for both squads.
Oddsmakers have UM as more than a four-touchdown favorite against the visiting Rams in Saturday’s ABC featured college football game.
The total is a competitive number over 60 points, which will require a fair amount of scoring.
Michigan football betting trends
Along with a 12-2 overall record, the Wolverines were one of the best in the nation against the spread last season. Michigan was 11-3 ATS in its 14 games. The Wolverines won two of their three non-conference games by 33 points or more.
On the flip side, Colorado State was an abysmal 4-8 against the spread while going 3-9 straight up. However, the Rams were 1-3 in non-conference games and didn’t lose by more than 19 points in any of them.
When it comes to the over/under total, in Michigan’s 14 games, it went right down the middle. The Wolverines sided with the over and the under seven times each in 2021.
Colorado State was right down the middle as well, splitting its 12 totals 6-6.
Michigan vs. Colorado State history
These teams have only met one time in their history, which was back in 1994.
The Wolverines scored a 24-14 victory over the Rams.
How to watch: Michigan vs. Colorado State football
- What: Colorado State at Michigan
- When: Saturday, Sept. 3 at Noon ET
- Where: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor
- TV: ABC
- Online livestream: ESPN+
- Radio: Learfield Michigan Sports Network
- Sirius XM: Channel 83
How to bet on College Football odds in Michigan
Michigan has 15 online sportsbooks for you to look for college football odds.
Betting on Michigan football odds can be done in a variety of ways. That includes:
- Live betting
- First Half/Second Half Betting
- First/Second/Third/Fourth Quarter Betting
- Player Props
- Team Props
- Adjusted Spreads
- Adjusted Totals
Michigan College Football player prop odds
College football player prop odds are starting to be available for Michigan vs. Colorado State on ABC.
DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan lists some options for Michigan’s skill players. Due to the QB battle still going on with the Wolverines, the props are limited mostly to receivers and rushers.
Of the Michigan receivers, Ronnie Bell is projected to have the best game. DraftKings has his over/under for receiving yards at 69.5. Cornelius Johnson is listed at 48.5, while Erick All is at 38.5.
Oddsmakers do expect Blake Corum to have a big outing on the ground. His over/under for rushing yards is listed at 106.5. His odds to score a rushing touchdown is listed at -275.
Colorado State gave up an average of 211.1 passing yards per game last season. Their run defense gave up 166.3 ypg, which ranked near the bottom of the Mountain West Conference.
College Football Week 1 betting promos
For the full opening weekend of the college football season, here’s some available sportsbook promos for you to consider using.
DraftKings Michigan profit boost
DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan is offering up a 50% profit boost for any College Football game this wekend. Just opt-in and select the bonus in your betting slip.
DraftKings is also offering up a 25% profit boost for any college football Week 1 game when you bet $10 or more on a MLB parlay or single game parlay.
No Sweat Bet at FanDuel
At FanDuel Sportsbook MI, get a No Sweat First Bet this weekend. Place a wager on any college football game in Week 1 and get refunded up to $10 in free bets if your wager loses.
Risk-Free CFB bet at BetMGM
BetMGM Michigan is offering up a risk-free college football bet, up to $25 for Week 1. If you wager loses, get a $25 free bet back on your first college football wager for the weekend.
What can bettors expect from UM football?
Following a long drought, Michigan finally secured its first Big Ten Championship since 2004 last season.
The Wolverines went 12-2, suffering just a minor loss to Michigan State and a playoff semifinal loss to Georgia. Michigan ended its 8-game losing streak to Ohio State as well.
Last season, the Wolverines were led by a dominant defense that featured three players taken in the first 45 selections of the 2022 NFL Draft.
This season, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is going to have to rely more on offense.
The problem is, Harbaugh still doesn’t know who his starting quarterback will be.
Cade McNamara, a senior, led the Wolverines to their accolades in 2021 with 2,576 yards and 15 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
However, sophomore J.J. McCarthy remains a constant buzz in the QB picture. In 2021, McCarthy threw for 516 yards and five scores while rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
McNamara is the safer game manager, while McCarthy has the higher ceiling, but could be a risky option as well.
After an entire offseason, Harbaugh has decided McNamara will start this week while McCarthy will start next week against Hawaii. Both are expected to play in each game. A permanent starter will be named for Week 3.
Either starter will have a veteran group of receiving targets to work with, as well as top running backs in Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards. Both running backs and quarterbacks are in the thick of the Heisman Trophy odds race. Here’s the current Heisman odds for the quartet:
- Blake Corum
- Donovan Edwards
- J.J. McCarthy
- Cade McNamara