Last week, No. 4 Michigan was tasked with covering the biggest spread it had faced in program history.
Despite a 56-10 victory, the Wolverines didn’t cover as 51.5-point favorites for Michigan sports bettors.
This week, U-M football is once again tasked with a very lofty spread when it plays host to Connecticut on Saturday at Noon ET on ABC.
Can Michigan find a way to cover this large number this time around?
Michigan Week 3 College Football Odds
Michigan’s football odds for Week 3 against UConn are just a few points off last week’s spread vs. Hawaii.
Most sportsbooks are listing Michigan as a 47.5-point favorite, but the number is 48 at BetRivers Sportsbook MI.
The over/under for the total is varying from 60 to 60.5 depending on the book.
Michigan football betting trends
Michigan has rolled past Colorado State and Hawaii through two weeks. The Wolverines covered a 31-point spread in a 51-7 win over CSU. However, it failed to cover that 51.5-point spread in a 56-10 win over the Warriors.
Still, the Wolverines have covered the spread in 12 of their last 16 games. Connecticut has already played three games this season, going 1-2 with losses to Utah State and Syracuse. The Huskies are 2-1 against the spread thus far, only failing to cover in last week’s 48-14 loss to the Orange.
Michigan has gone under the total in both its games this season, while UConn games have gone under two of three times.
Michigan’s large spread history
As we looked at last week, since 2006, Michigan has been a favorite of 35 points or more on nine occasions.
Good news for Wolverine fans is Michigan has won all nine games.
Those more worried about Michigan’s college football odds and covering the spread, it hasn’t been quite as successful. U-M football is just 3-6 ATS in those nine games. The Wolverines have failed to cover in five straight when favored by 35 or more.
- Sept. 10, 2022: -51.5, a 56-10 win at home vs. Hawaii (failed to cover)
- Aug. 31, 2019: -36, a 40-21 win at home vs. Middle Tennessee State (failed to cover)
- Nov. 10, 2018: -36.5, a 42-7 win at Rutgers (failed to cover)
- Sept. 15, 2018: -37, a 45-20 win at home vs. SMU (failed to cover)
- Oct. 22, 2016: -39.5, a 41-8 at home vs. Illinois (failed to cover)
- Sept. 10, 2016: -36, a 51-14 win at home vs. UCF (covered)
- Sept. 3, 2016: -38, a 63-3 win at home vs. Hawaii (covered)
- Sept. 14, 2013: -35.5, a 28-24 win at home vs. Akron (failed to cover)
- Sept. 15, 2012: -45, a 63-13 win at home vs. UMass (cover)
Michigan vs. UConn history
These two programs have met just two times in their history.
Michigan football has won both meetings. The first was a 30-10 victory in 2010 at home, while the second was a 24-21 win at UConn in 2013.
How to watch: Michigan vs. Connecticut football
- What: Connecticut at Michigan
- When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at Noon ET
- Where: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor
- TV: ABC
- Online livestream: ESPN+
- Radio: Learfield Michigan Sports Network
- Sirius XM: Channel 83 (Michigan); Channel 381 (UConn)
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 college football 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
- Single Game Parlays
Michigan College Football Player Prop Odds
The focus on Saturday’s game for Michigan will be on new starting quarterback J.J. McCarthy.
The sophomore was named the starter after he and Cade McNamara split time over the first two games. Following the win over Hawaii, McCarthy was given the nod.
Upon the announcement, McCarthy has shot up the Heisman Trophy markets. He currently finds himself at +2000 at FanDuel Sportsbook MI, which is tied for the fourth-shortest odds.
For Saturday’s game, McCarthy is listed with an over/under of 224.5 passing yards against UConn.
McCarthy is 15 of 16 passing this season for 259 yards. His career high is 131 yards against Georgia in the Orange Bowl last season. However, he has yet to get a full game as starting quarterback.
McCarthy is up against a Connecticut defense that is giving up 251.3 passing yards per game thus far into the 2022 season.
Should the game get lopsided, Michigan’s run game is likely to see a lot of time with the ball. FanDuel has Blake Corum’s rushing yard total listed at an over/under of 97.5.
The junior back has 164 yards on 22 carries this season, but has not hit 90 yards in each of the first two games. UConn’s run defense ranks 94th in the nation right now, allowing 165 yards per game. However, this prop is likely to just come down to how many carries Corum gets.
College Football Week 3 Betting Promos
Here’s a collection of the Week 3 college football betting promos available this weekend.
Free bet for winning parlay at SI Sportsbook
At SI Sportsbook MI, make a parlay of 3+ legs and wager at least $25 (minimum +300 odds) on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday on the NFL or NCAA and get a $20 free bet if it wins.
Parlay Profit Boost at BetRivers
BetRivers Sportsbook MI is offering up a 20% profit boost for any 3+leg parlay on NCAA Football this weekend. Each leg must be -200 or greater odds. Max wager is $25.
What can bettors expect from Michigan football in Week 3?
The J.J. McCarthy era is set to begin.
With him being named the starter, Michigan football fans will finally get to see what the sophomore has to offer in a starting role.
In limited use this season, McCarthy has thrown for 259 yards on 15 of 16 passing, while also rushing for 66 yards on four attempts.
Saturday, McCarthy should be able to put up big numbers against a UConn defense that ranks 101st in the nation in total defense. The Huskies are giving up 416.3 yards per game.
Michigan’s run game should continue to dominate. The Wolverines have rushed for 502 yards through two games. Blake Corum is leading the way with 164 yards while C.J. Stokes has 96.
West Bloomfield native Donovan Edwards has 90 yards on 15 carries, but is dealing with an unspecified injury. Jim Harbaugh hasn’t provided detail on his status for Saturday.
Defensively, U-M football is up against a Connecticut offense that is putting up just 20.7 points and 337.3 yards per game. Its passing offense ranks 123rd in the country at just 132 yards per game.
However, Nathan Carter has been a handful for opposing defenses. The sophomore running back has rushed for 384 yards on 59 carries.