College Football – Michigan Wolverines Odds To Make CFP 2020

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Things are lining up for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines to not only break the curse rival Ohio State has over them in the Big Ten, but to also make a run at the program’s first College Football Playoff berth. Oh, the Buckeyes will be a hurdle, but now that Urban Meyer has stepped away, the Wolverines have a glorious chance to finally breakthrough. The maize and blue haven’t been bad under Harbaugh, they just failed to get past OSU.

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UM was on the verge of greatness last season until getting steamrolled by the Buckeyes with a shot at the conference championship and a possible CFP visit on the hook. That lambasting is fresh on the minds and will serve as motivation. The schedule plays out nicely with a number of big matchups taking place in the Big House, including the season-ending fracas with the Buckeyes.

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Michigan Wolverines 2019 Season Preview

The Wolverines won 10 games in 2018, reaching that number for the third time in Harbaugh’s four seasons. The only problem is they haven’t exceeded that number and have yet to reach the Big Ten title game let alone the CFP. This year looks to be different, mainly because there is a new-look offense looking to reinvigorate the program. And Harbaugh has an experienced returning starting quarterback in Shea Patterson to run the show.

To get the most of Patterson and the abundance of weapons, the Wolverines turned to former Bama assistant Josh Gattis as the new coordinator. We’re likely to see a more up-tempo style, spreading the field, and going with a no-huddle approach. This is a new concept in Ann Arbor but one that makes sense given the personnel. Patterson is familiar with the style since he ran it during his time at Ole Miss. He also settled down a chaotic position by throwing for 2,600 yards and 22 touchdowns last year.

There isn’t much experience behind Patterson so it’s imperative he stays healthy for the Wolverines to make a run. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins could be the best pass-catching tandem in the conference and there’s more behind them. There are questions at the running back spot, but someone will emerge from a group that includes Christian Turner, Tru Wilson and highly rated recruit Zach Charbonnet. Whoever carries the ball will do so behind an offensive line that returns four starters from last season.

The defense was one of the best in the country until allowing 103 points to Ohio State and Florida over the final two games. How the group recovers and replaces a few studs will tell us just how far the Wolverines go in 2019. Improving their numbers inside the red zone is also a key. The good news is opponents didn’t get their too often, but they scored 20 touchdowns on their 30 trips.

2019 Michigan Wolverines Schedule

Week 1: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Week 2: Army Black Knights

Week 3: OFF

Week 4: at Wisconsin Badgers

Week 5: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Week 6: Iowa Hawkeyes

Week 7: at Illinois Fighting Illini

Week 8: at Penn State Nittany Lions

Week 9: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Week 10: at Maryland Terrapins

Week 11: OFF

Week 12: Michigan State Spartans

Week 13: at Indiana Hoosiers

Week 14: Ohio State Buckeyes

The non-conference slate is tough with Army and Notre Dame visiting Ann Arbor. Unlike last season a win out of the gate will allow a bit of a cushion. Middle Tennessee is the guinea pig to get the year started. Conference play opens at Wisconsin, but it comes after a bye week so the Wolverines should be rested. They also skip Northwestern and Nebraska from the West. Rutgers, Indiana and Maryland shouldn’t be a problem, Penn State is rebuilding, and Sparty and Ohio State visit the Big House.

If you believe Harbaugh’s counterpart at OSU had a spell on him and the Wolverines, Meyer’s retirement should open the door for Michigan to finally get over the hump. The talent is definitely in place and finding some playmakers on defense will help the process. The offense will be better and finally getting past OSU should lead the Wolverines to the CFP.

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com Special Contributor (Article Courtesy of Bookmaker.eu)

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