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Michigan Wolverines vs. Minnesota Gophers Betting Odds, Prop Bets

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Oct/23/2020

Big 10 football returns.  Michigan faces off against Minnesota.  The line here has the Wolverines as a -3.5 favorite on the road.

Michigan Wolverines

"Ohio State is going to beat Michigan on November 28th.

"There. The drama is over. There’s no need to obsess about it, and there’s no need to make this a big deal. Ohio State, Alabama, and Clemson are playing at a whole other level of consistent greatness, and Harbaugh’s program just isn’t there.

"However, Michigan is absolutely good enough to beat Washington in Seattle. It’s good enough to beat Wisconsin and Penn State in Ann Arbor, and it’s good enough to beat Michigan State and Minnesota on the road.

"It’s good enough to go into that Ohio State game 11-0 with everything on the line.

"Do that, and losing to Ohio State might not matter, at least to a point – it would be possible to get into the CFP on the four-best-team theory if that one loss is to another great Buckeye team.

"Yeah, Michigan really needs to take it one game at a time to get to that one game it needs to win.

"But it won’t. Figure one other misfire along the way to go along with that loss to the Buckeyes." - College Football News

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Tanner Morgan gives Minnesota something that its opening-night opponent doesn't have: an experienced quarterback.

Morgan threw 30 touchdown passes last season when the Golden Gophers won 11 games -- the first time since 1904 -- which included an Outback Bowl victory over Auburn. The junior will try to get his 21st-ranked team off to a strong start when it hosts No. 18 Michigan on Saturday.

Morgan passed for 3,253 yards, completed 66 percent of his attempts and was picked off just seven times last year for Minnesota, which won its first nine games. His touchdown, yards and completion marks all were school records.

Coach P.J. Fleck said he expects even bigger things from Morgan in this abbreviated campaign.

"I think that what's going to elevate his game is being able to find a way to get everybody else around him to elevate their play based on how he plays," Fleck said. "I think his leadership has gone through the roof. It's better now than it's ever been. His familiarity with the offense, his film study, familiarity with his teammates has all made him a better leader."

Fleck has lifted up a floundering Gophers program since he became head coach in 2017. The last time Minnesota was involved in a matchup of ranked teams to start a season was 1968.

Rashod Bateman, the team's second-leading receiver a year ago, also returns after racking up 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns on 60 receptions. Mohamed Ibrahim (604 yards, seven TDs) is expected to be the lead back this season.

Minnesota's top three tacklers a year ago are gone but Fleck has a good feeling about how his defense is progressing.

"There's going to be a lot of questions that come up every single week," Fleck said. "I'm excited about where our defense is headed. I think I have a good feeling about where we're at, but again you don't know until the lights come on and until these guys are actually playing games."

The same can be said for Michigan's quarterbacks. The projected starter, junior Joe Milton, has thrown only 11 passes the past two seasons. Coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn't commit to Milton as his starter, contending redshirt freshman Cade McNamara is still in the running.

"(He's) showed a lot of great things," Harbaugh said of Milton. "Joe's been running with the ones and really ... he's made a lot of strides, getting a lot of reps, as well as Cade McNamara, who's closed all gaps as well. He's playing extremely well. Really good command of the offense. Showing a real savviness and also a lot of talent."

Fleck doesn't seem to have any doubt which quarterback his defense will be facing.

"Anybody who looks at Joe Milton knows what type of special talent he is," he said. "He's a once-in-a-decade type talent that comes through the program when you're talking about his skill set. He can throw the ball far, he can run, he's big and he's strong."

Prop Bets

Michigan @ Minnesota Sat, Oct 24, 2020 EST

Rot First Scoring Play Moneyline
1009 Michigan TD     +140
1010 Michigan FG     +400
1011 Michigan Any Other Score     +4500
1012 Minnesota TD     +145
1013 Minnesota FG     +600
1014 Minnesota Any Other Score     +4500
 
Rot A Team to Score 3 Unanswered Times Moneyline
1015 Yes     -215
1016 No     +175
 
Rot Team Scoring 1st Wins Game Moneyline
1017 Yes     -180
1018 No     +150
 
Rot Winning Margin Moneyline
1019 Michigan to win by 1-6 pts     +325
1020 Michigan to win by 7-12 pts     +500
1021 Michigan to win by 13-18 pts     +650
1022 Michigan to win by 19-24 pts     +1000
1023 Michigan to win by 25-30 pts     +1600
1024 Michigan to win by 31-36 pts     +2000
1025 Michigan to win by 37-42 pts     +3500
1026 Michigan to win by 43 or more pts     +4000
1027 Minnesota to win by 1-6 pts     +400
1028 Minnesota to win by 7-12 pts     +550
1029 Minnesota to win by 13-18 pts     +900
1030 Minnesota to win by 19-24 pts     +1400
1031 Minnesota to win by 25-30 pts     +2200
1032 Minnesota to win by 31-36 pts     +3000
1033 Minnesota to win by 37-42 pts     +5000
1034 Minnesota to win by 43 or more pts     +6500
 
Rot Double Result Moneyline
1035 Michigan/Michigan     +125
1036 Michigan/Tie     +3000
1037 Michigan/Minnesota     +700
1038 Tie/Michigan     +1200
1039 Tie/Tie     +3000
1040 Tie/Minnesota     +1400
1041 Minnesota/Michigan     +650
1042 Minnesota/Tie     +3000
1043 Minnesota/Minnesota     +200
 
Rot Will Game Go to Overtime Moneyline
1044 Yes     +850
1045 No     -2000
 

- Ean Lamb, Gambling911.com

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