Even after Urban Meyer’s departure, the Utes are still a team to reckon with year in and year out in the MWC as evidenced by last year’s 44-6 demolishing of #11 UCLA when the NCAA lines installed the Utes as 16-point home underdogs.
Michigan is welcoming in a new coach, new scheme, new starters, and are basically an entirely different team than their 2007 squad and will be looking to show they’re still an elite team in the Big 10. Kyle Whittingham has done a great job with this Utah team since taking over as head coach in 2005 and has engineered the Utes to three straight bowl victories.
They were a deadly team as underdogs last season, going 3-1 ATS for college football betting fans when the NCAA odds did not expect the Utes to win. Do-it-all QB Brian Johnson (1847 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) returns to spearhead a very talented offense which also includes RB Darrell Mack, who rushed for 1204 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 253 carries in 2007.
Michigan football followed up a tremendous roller coaster of a 2007 season, with the biggest offseason shakeup of any major NCAA football program. The Wolverines lose QB Chad Henne, #1 recruit QB Ryan Mallett, RB Mike Hart, WR Mario Manningham, and WR Adrian Arrington and return only three offensive starters from 2007.
In 2008, new HC Rich Rodriguez will be turning to QB Steven Threet to change the Wolverine offense from a pro-style attack to a spread option. Early in the season, many NCAA betting followers will have so varied opinions of this new brand of Michigan football that college football betting lines might be all over the place.
Though the Wolverines only return 10 starters, the college football odds have deemed them 3.5-point favorites against the Utes and have set the ‘total’ of the game at 42. With college football season at our doorstep, sports bettors can find all they could possibly ask to wager on at Sports-Gambling Sportsbook. Open an account and place your bets today!