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Wolverines' D Should Suffocate Rainbow Warriors

The Wolverines will get their season underway this Saturday as they welcome Hawaii back to the country. Hawaii opened the NCAA season in Australia with a 51-31 loss to Cal and will have their work cut out for them to avoid starting their season 0-2.  

SHARK BITES
  • Both Michigan and Hawaii’s last 5 games have gone OVER.
  • The Wolverines were 7-6 ATS in 2015.
  • Hawaii was 3-10 ATS in 2015 and is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games.

It only took one season for Jim Harbaugh to change the direction of the Michigan football program and he has the Wolverines on the precipice to compete with the big dogs in the Big Ten. Michigan comes into this one as a huge favorite – as they should be – and will be disappointed to come away with anything less than a 30- or 40-point win.

After their shootout with the Golden Bears, it became clear that Hawaii did not make tangible improvements to a defense that finished 118th in total yards allowed in 2015. The Wolverines finished 66th in total offense last year so expect them to get by a leaky Rainbow Warriors D more than a few times.

The Wolverines defense is expected to be stout once again after a campaign that saw Michigan give up the fourth-fewest total yards so points may be at a premium for a Hawaii squad that only managed 31 points against a Cal defense that ranked 108th in total yards allowed last season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Michigan Wolverines as -40.5-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. Watch for over-under updates and superior underdogs lines at Bovada.

A 45-3 result in favor of the Wolverines is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Hawaii Warriors vs Michigan Wolverines Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Hawaii Warriors will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Saturday, as they are 1-0 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Michigan Wolverines are 0-0 ATS. Hawaii is 1-0 against the over under total, while Michigan is 0-0 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Michigan vs Hawaii injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 8-rated Michigan Wolverines and the No. 124-rated Hawaii Warriors in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Michigan's No. -ranked offense, averaging PPG, against a Hawaii defense that ranks No. 2 this week at 51 PPG. The Michigan aerial game is averaging yards per game, less than the Hawaii Warriors secondary allows through the air, 441 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Hawaii Warriors feature the league's No. 117-rated road run defense, allowing 252.83 yards per game. Michigan, meanwhile, ranks No. 76 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Hawaii got a 118-yard performance from Diocemy Saint Juste, but California prevailed 51-31.

De'Veon Smith ran through the Florida defense for 109 yards in Michigan's last game, handing the Gators a 41-7 setback on Friday at Florida Citrus Bowl.

Betting Trends
  • Hawaii is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Hawaii is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hawaii's last 5 games
  • Hawaii is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 5 games
  • Michigan is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Hawaii home to Tennessee-Martin, Sunday, September 11th
Michigan home to UCF, Saturday, September 10th

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