College football betting handicappers have been disappointed in Rodriguez as he has presided over the worst 2-year period in UM history causing those who bet on college football to avoid them.
Michigan will begin year-3 of the Rodriguez era on Saturday against an impressive Connecticut team that is expected to be a top contender for the Big East championship. Kickoff is at 3:30 PM Eastern and Sports-Gambling.com opened with Michigan as a 3-point favorite. The game can be seen on ABC.
Michigan started off gang busters last year at 4-0 before blowing a lead in an overtime loss at Michigan State that they never recovered from. The Wolverines finished 5-7 straight up.
Under Rodriguez Michigan has been a terrible NCAA betting value as they have gotten the money in just 7 out of 23 games while going 2-7 against the spread as a home favorite. The big story out of UM camp is the battle for starting quarterback.
Freshman David Gardner has been battling sophomores Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier, who started last year, for the top spot. Rodriguez said he may not know who gets the gig until kickoff on game day.
“It’s that close,” said Rodriguez. “Every day I kind of wonder who’s going to separate themselves. If they can, all three will play.”
Connecticut is coming off its third consecutive bowl season as they showed phenomenal character last season as they played through the tragic murder of defensive back Japser Howard while suffering 3 painful defeats in the final moments during the process.
UConn finished 8-5 straight up and 9-2-1 with the college football odds after scoring a bowl win over South Carolina. With 8 starters back on both sides of the line led by senior quarterback Zach Frazer expectations are sky high for what looks to be head coach Randy Edsall’s best team in his 12 years on this job.
The Huskies have been focused on Michigan and the opportunity that this college football betting matchup brings as it’s the first game in the newly remodeled “Big House.”
“Since we realized we were playing Michigan, this has been on our mind,” said junior running back Jordan Todman, who had 1237 yards last year. “When we were working out in the summer we put their helmet up in the weight room to remind us of what we are working for.”