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Michigan Could Be Double-Digit Dog For First Time since 2014

Something is rotten in the state of Michigan. And it – once again – may be the smell of John O’Korn, the Michigan Wolverines quarterback.

O’Korn struggled after being thrust into the starting lineup following an injury to Wilton Speight. After several games of issues, O’Korn found himself replaced by sophomore Brandon Peters. The younger quarterback stepped in and was an efficient, steady force for Michigan. However, Peters suffered a head injury last week and his status for The Game is up in the air, meaning it could be O’Korn time again.

Of course, this team is not just struggling due to whichever QB is under center. This Michigan team is young and, without a potent offense, has not been able to keep up with the better teams in the nation. It only gets worse when you add in the rash of injuries besetting the team. 

This lackluster offense is a big reason why Michigan is currently a 12-point road underdog for its contest against Ohio State this weekend. If this line holds steady, it will be the first time Michigan closes as a double-digit underdog since November 29, 2014 when the Wolverines took on a Buckeyes team that would go on to win the national championship.

Many fans in Ann Arbor will remember that game affectionately as Brady Hoke’s last as Michigan head coach. Not long after, Jim Harbaugh was brought in and the Wolverines have yet to find themselves as double-digit dogs since.

Interestingly, the last time a Harbaugh-led team closed as a double-digit underdog was October 2, 2011 when he was with the San Francisco 49ers – a game the 49ers won outright. The last time a Harbaugh-led college team was a double-digit underdog came during his final season at Stanford when the Cardinal were 10.5-point dogs to Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl.

Michigan As a Double-Digit Dog The Past Decade
DateOpponentClosing Michigan LineSU/ATS Record
Nov 29, 2014@ Ohio State+21.5L/W
Oct 25, 2014@ Michigan State+16.5L/L
Nov 30, 2013vs Ohio State+15.5L/W
Sept 1, 2012@ Alabama+13L/L
Nov 27, 2010@ Ohio State+17L/L
Nov 21, 2009vs Ohio State+10L/L
Nov 22, 2008@ Ohio State+20.5L/L
Oct 18, 2008@ Penn State+24.5L/L
Jan 1, 2008@  Florida+10.5W/W