After Spartans Loss, Michigan Hopes To Regain Big Ten Respect At Indiana

Written By Drew Ellis on November 4, 2020 - Last Updated on October 26, 2023
michigan vs. Indiana

The Michigan football program had its credibility take another big hit last week.

After a shocking loss to Michigan State as a 24.5-point favorite at home, many questioned if the Wolverines can ever find a way to become a national power.

Jim Harbaugh’s reputation as a successful coach is also taking on water.

Can Harbaugh and the Wolverines regroup this week when they travel to Indiana on Saturday at noon ET (FS1)?

Michigan vs. Indiana odds update

Michigan let down a lot of Michigan sports bettors last week, but the oddsmakers still like the 23rd-ranked Wolverines (1-1). And that’s despite going on the road to face the 13th-ranked, undefeated Hoosiers (2-0).

Current odds list Michigan as a 3-point favorite at Indiana. Michigan vs. Indiana odds range from 2.5 to 3.5 points, but only sportsbooks with the Wolverines listed at -3 have the normal -110 juice. (Odds last updated at 1 p.m. ET Nov. 4.)

Michigan at Indiana Week 10 oddsBetMGMDraftKingsFanDuelPointsBetWilliam Hill
Point spread
(-110 juice unless noted)
U-M -2.5 -121
IND +2.5 -100
U-M -3 -114
IND +3 -106
U-M -2.5 -128
IND +2.5 +104
U-M -3
IND +3
U-M -3
IND +3
MoneylineU-M -150
IND +125
U-M -155
IND +125
U-M -160
IND +130
U-M -150
IND +130
U-M -150
IND +130
Total points
(-110 juice unless noted)
O 54.5
U 54.5
O 54.5
U 54.5
O 54.5 -108
U 54.5 -112
O 54.5
U 54.5
O 54.5
U 54.5

When it comes to the moneyline, Michigan finds itself listed anywhere from -150 to -160 (previously -143 to -154). Indiana is coming in with lines of +125 and +130.

The over/under is listed at 54 or 54.5 points depending on the sportsbook.

Wolverines’ futures odds take a hit

Michigan had to eat a lot of crow from in-state football fans after last week’s 27-24 loss to Michigan State.

The Wolverines and Harbaugh got outcoached by Mel Tucker in just his second game as head coach of Michigan State.

The loss definitely did a lot of damage to Michigan’s chances for postseason success. DraftKings currently lists U-M’s chances of winning the College Football Playoffs at +15000. FanDuel has Michigan at +20000.

When it comes to the Big Ten, Michigan is now listed at +2000 to win the conference title at DraftKings. FanDuel has the Wolverines at +1900.

On the flip side, Michigan’s loss has only increased Ohio State’s title odds. The Buckeyes are a -850 favorite to win the conference according to FanDuel, and a -1000 favorite at DraftKings.

Harbaugh’s record again comes into question

The main argument over Jim Harbaugh’s six seasons as head coach of Michigan is the lack of marquee wins.

Harbaugh has never led Michigan to the Big Ten Championship Game, let alone a Big Ten Championship.

Following Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, Harbaugh is now 48-19 overall and 33-13 in Big Ten games.

The damning stats for Harbaugh is that he is just 11-15 against ranked teams and only 2-12 against top-10 programs.

He is 0-5 against Ohio State, 3-3 against Michigan State, and 1-4 in bowl games.

Another concerning record is Michigan is 0-10 in games where the Wolverines are a betting underdog.

Despite all these poor numbers, Michigan had become pretty consistent at beating teams they should beat. That changed against Michigan State.

Could it be a sign of things to come in year six of Jim Harbaugh?

Will Indiana add to Michigan’s woes?

Michigan is getting a motivated Indiana team on Saturday.

The Hoosiers are off to a 2-0 start following wins over Penn State and Rutgers. Last week, IU won 37-21 over a Scarlet Knight team that was fresh off beating Michigan State in East Lansing.

Indiana has managed to win despite an offense that is producing only 279 yards per game thus far. It’s the Indiana defense that has come through, forcing six turnovers in two games.

Michael Penix Jr. has thrown for just 408 yards and four touchdowns, but Indiana is sure to attack the Michigan secondary after the Wolverines struggled with the deep ball last week.

Michigan’s offensive line will deal with an Indiana defensive front that has five sacks in two games. The Spartans were able to keep Joe Milton in the pocket and force him into 51 passing attempts. Indiana will hope to do the same.

In the Harbaugh era, Michigan is 11-6 straight up following a loss, but just 7-9-1 against the spread in those games.

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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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