The Utah Utes are 2-1 SU and a perfect 3-0 ATS in their three games against Michigan as they prepare to play host to the Wolverines in their season opener on Thursday as betting favorites at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The Utes posted a disappointing 9-4 record, SU and ATS, in 2014, but were a perfect 4-0 against non-conference opponents and are unbeaten SU in Week 1 since 2007.
Thursday night’s matchup marks the debut of Jim Harbaugh as head coach at Michigan. Expectations run high for this season in Ann Arbor after the Wolverines posted a dismal 5-7 overall record in 2014, both SU and ATS, including a 26-10 loss to the Utes as 3-point home favorites.
The Wolverines were also a brutal 1-4 SU on the road last season, 2-3 ATS, and had been listed as home betting favorites in each of those three past ATS losses to the Utes in 2014, 2008, and 2002.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Michigan Wolverines listed as 3-point underdogs earlier this week at Bodog. Meanwhile, the over under betting line was unavailable earlier in the week, but posted shortly at MyBookie.
Odds – VSB
computer prediction formulas pick a 22-17 win for the Utes on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.
Michigan Wolverines vs Utah Utes Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Utah battles the Michigan Wolverines, currently with a 5-7 mark (5-7 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 4-9 for the Utes and 4-7-1 for the Michigan Wolverines. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Utah vs Michigan injuries news.
The game pits the Utah Utes, currently No. 86 in our Odds – VSB
NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Michigan Wolverines, who rate No. 79 in the latest survey.
The game also pits Utah’s No. 52-ranked offense, averaging 31.31 PPG, against a Michigan defense that ranks No. 27 this week at 22.42 PPG. The Utah aerial game is averaging 197.69 yards per game, more than the Michigan Wolverines secondary allows through the air, 193.67 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Michigan Wolverines feature the league’s No. 20-rated road run defense, allowing 122.33 yards per game. Utah, meanwhile, ranks No. 54 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Michigan lost its last outing 42-28 against Ohio State on Saturday, getting a 108-yard receiving performance from Devin Funchess in a losing cause at Ohio Stadium.
In their last game, Utah got a 162-yard performance from Devontae Booker as a key part of its 45-10 win over Colorado State.
- Michigan is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan’s last 6 games
- Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Michigan is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Utah is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
- Utah is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Utah’s last 11 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Utah’s last 10 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Michigan home to Oregon State, Saturday, September 12th
Utah home to Utah State, Friday, September 11th