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Wolverines Look like a Solid Bet to Go OVER Their 2019 Win Total

Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Florida Gators at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

I know we all keep saying “this has to be the year.” As we all know, the “year” I’m referring to is the season Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh finally beats Ohio State University. Harbaugh does have three 10-win seasons in four years at Ann Arbor but is 0-for-4 vs the Buckeyes.

Well, if there is a year, it will have to be this year since Ohio State has a new coach, a new quarterback, and the Wolverines return plenty of talent. Michigan brings back eight starters on offense with six of them being all-conference at their position.

Patterson is a Clear Heisman Front-Runner

If you have heard my Against All Odds podcast with Cousin Sal, I touted Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson for Heisman last season and I’m doing it again this year. This is the one quarterback who can win the Heisman even if his statistics are not off the charts.

Patterson’s leadership is undeniable, and if the Wolverines stay in contention for the championship while beating the likes of Notre Dame and Ohio State and put up 11 wins, he wouldn’t just be the toast of the town, in fact the whole state of Michigan would have him penciled in for the hardware.

Patterson had the most passing touchdowns for a Michigan quarterback (22) since Chad Henne in 2006. He was second in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency. Patterson and his teammates were first in the conference on third downs, converting them an astounding 49 percent of the time.

Michigan has four returning offensive linemen and quite the duo in Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins at receiver. Those two combined for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. Running backs Zach Charbonnet and Christian Turner will share time in the backfield for Michigan.

This Michigan offense was second in the conference while putting up 35 points per game (10 more a game than the 2017 team) and could be even more potent this campaign.

Don’t Sleep on the Wolverines’ Stout Defense

Defensively they had the second-best pass defense in the nation and were No. 1 in yards allowed. The Wolverines are extremely proud of posting a top-10 defense in five straight seasons. Defensive back Josh Metellus returns for his senior season. Metellus led Michigan with three interceptions and was also tops in passes defended last year.

This Michigan team is so stacked, not only will the Wolverines get to at least 10 wins but they could run the table for Harbaugh. However, their schedule is far from an easy one.

They will get early challenges as they have to go to Madison, Wisconsin to take on a scrappy Badger team and play an Army team that took Oklahoma to overtime in 2018. In the middle of the season, they are in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania and then get Notre Dame the following week. Penn State might be down a bit this season as the Nittany Lions replace quarterback Trace McSorley and only return one all-conference player. Revenge is on the Wolverines’ minds not only for the Buckeyes but for the Irish as well. Michigan lost to the Irish by seven last season in South Bend, but this year’s game is in the Big House.

Is This the Year Michigan Tops Ohio State?

Finally, we come to the showdown vs Ohio State on November 30 in Ann Arbor. I feel Michigan will have at least 10 wins by then but it’s possible they will need the Buckeye game to go OVER 10 total wins. So, we possibly could need Harbaugh to finally beat the Buckeyes to win this bet.

Plenty of prognosticators (me included) thought last year was the time Harbaugh would get it done vs Ohio State but instead the Buckeyes hung 62 on them in the Horseshoe. This is a different Michigan team that has not forgotten last year’s result. Harbaugh and Michigan get payback on the Buckeyes in a big way and with Patterson and the defense leading the way, this team could get to 12 wins and qualify for the College Football Playoff.

Michigan Regular-Season Prediction: 12-0


Wins
  • 1. Middle Tennessee
  • 2. Army
  • 3. Wisconsin
  • 4. Rutgers
  • 5. Iowa
  • 6. Illinois
  • 7. Penn State
  • 8. Notre Dame
  • 9. Maryland
  • 10. Michigan State
  • 11. Indiana
  • 12. Ohio State

Michigan 2019 Regular-Season Win totals
2019 Win TotalOdds
OVER 10-115
UNDER 10-115

Odds as of August 28 at Bovada