As the Michigan Wolverines prepare the trip to Houston for a chance at a national championship, we’re busy crunching numbers, stats, and trends to find out who is the best bet online to walk away with the hardware between the Wolverines and the Washington Huskies.
The Wolverines haven’t won the championship since 1997, when they were named co-champs with Nebraska. But, come Monday night, the Wolverines won’t be co-anything. They are favored on the NCAAF odds board to win, and I believe that’s exactly what they will do.
So, with no further ado, let’s cut the lollygagging and get into three reasons why Michigan can win the College Football Playoff and why they will win.
Top-Tier Assistant Coaches
This may seem like an odd place to start, but the team of coaches at Michigan was asked to do something rare this season. Because of Jim Harbaugh’s suspensions, the Wolverines’ head coach missed six games. That left the clipboard in the hands of assistants like Mike Hart and Jesse Minter.
Hands down, the most impressive of the group was offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore, who also oversees the line. While Moore had never been a head coach and only became a coordinator in 2021, he took over the team when it mattered the most and won some legitimately big games. None bigger than the game against Penn State, where the Big Ten cowardly suspended Harbaugh the night before. He also led the team through a bad game against Maryland to keep their undefeated season alive.
Moore is now 3-0 vs. the Big Ten and against the Vegas NCAAF betting odds as a head coach. He has proven he can lead his own program. But, for now, he must settle for being one of the exceptional coaches to lead this team.
If Harbaugh does leave this offseason, Wolverine fans will be clamoring for Moore to take over for 2024.
A Roster Full of Veterans
It’s kind of funny to refer to a group of 20-22-year-olds as veterans in anything, but as far as college football goes, they are just that. The Wolverines have a deep roster, especially on defense, and they are full of experience and time on the field together. Both are invaluable resources for a college team.
This team makes me think about the famous quote from Bo Schembechler that is referenced in every Michigan game and is plastered all over campus– “Those who stay will be champions.”
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Despite having a lot of talent that could have left last season, these guys took Schebechler’s words to heart and stuck around for another season. That and the lucrative “One More Year” fund started by the Champions Circle NIL collective, but the Bo quote is a nicer story, so we’ll stick to that.
Among the guys who stayed to help the program were J.J. McCarthy, Blake Corum, Zak Zinter, Trevor Keegan, and Corneloius Johson.
Of all the Wolverines to play in 2023, only three left for the NFL Draft, and all are underclassmen: Mazi Smith, Mike Morris, and DJ Turner.
I don’t know about you, but when I look at the college football odds for this game, as tight as they are, I can’t help but love the value that this veteran Michigan team is getting as favorites on Monday.
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Keep Doing What You Doing
It’s no accident that the Wolverines are undefeated despite their head coach missing six games of the regular season. Between a meditating quarterback, an undersized running back whose running style reminds me of Rocky Balboa, and a defense that suffocates opponents, the Wolverines just have to keep being themselves.
Michigan needs to keep pounding the ball by using Corum, the school’s new leading TD scorer, on the ground and pounding defenses into the turf on defense.
Look at what they did in the first half of the semifinal game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game was ugly, but Michigan had five sacks in the first half. Alabama is not a team accustomed to getting beat on the line like that, and if Nick Saban hadn’t made some really good halftime adjustments, Michigan would have run them out of the building.
The Wolverines will have to play amazing defense again on Monday against the best offense this team has faced. The battle on the line is going to be what makes or breaks this game for Michigan.
With 16 sacks in their last four games and 10 in their last two, it’s safe to say this team is locked in. If you are looking for a profitable NCAA football bet to make on the side, take Michigan to record a few sacks against Penix on Monday en route to victory. GoBlue
Questions Of The Day
Which team is Michigan’s opponent for the national title game?
Michigan’s only competition against the NCAA football betting lines is the Washington Huskies and veteran QB Micheal Penix Jr.
How to bet on the NCAAF National Championship game?
Go to BetUS Sportsbook and navigate to the College Football section on the left-hand-side menu. Finding the game will be easy as it’s the only game on the schedule.