Michigan Wolverines 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds and Prediction
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Breaking Down the Michigan Wolverines Win Total
2020 College Football Season
Michigan Wolverines: 9 Wins -- Title Odds: 66/1
The Michigan Wolverines look to get to the top of the Big Ten in the 2020 college football season.
Michigan put up a pretty strong football campaign in 2019, but it ultimately ended in disappointment. The Wolverines finished 9-4 overall and 6-3 in a difficult Big Ten, earning a trip to the Citrus Bowl where they fell to Alabama 35-16. Michigan will try to work their way back up the East Division standings in 2020, and if all goes well the Wolverines will be in the mix for that top spot.Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Let’s take a closer look at Michigan’s current status and break down their chances at hitting double-digit victories this season.
Prior to the 2019 season Michigan was projected to eke out Ohio State for the No. 1 spot in the East, but an early loss to Wisconsin 35-14 and another to Penn State 28-21 a few weeks later derailed that goal. The Wolverines did record some quality wins, taking out Iowa and Notre Dame, but ultimately lost against four of the six ranked teams they played last year. Michigan wasn’t all that competitive in either of their last two games (56-27 versus Ohio State and 35-16 in the Citrus Bowl), so the season ended with something of a sputter.
In any case, 2020 brings the sixth year for head coach Jim Harbaugh, and he’s flanked by second-year OC Josh Gattis and fifth-year defensive coordinator Don Brown. That crew returns a pretty young defense and some new faces in key spots on the offensive side of the ball. We’re likely looking at a QB competition between Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton, neither of whom has a ton of on-field experience at the collegiate level. The Wolverines will have to cobble together a solid offensive line rotation as well, since four of five starters last year have moved on.
Looking at the schedule, it’s the standard Big Ten gauntlet, highlighted by a few intriguing non-conference outings. Michigan starts out in a tricky spot at Washington; that game could get away in a hurry if the Wolverines aren’t cautious coming out of the gate. The slate is bookended on the other side by Michigan’s other really difficult regular-season outing at Ohio State. Those two games could go either way; it’s what the Wolverines do in between them that’s going to affect their success at hitting the win total.
Pick: I like the under just a little bit better, but it’s tough. Nine wins seems just about right for Michigan this season; they likely won’t be at peak effectiveness for most of the year due to the retooling they’re going to have to do, but the Wolverines should be able to blast through most of the schedule without too much trouble. Ohio State, Penn State, Washington and Wisconsin will be the real tests for Michigan this year, and I don’t think they’ll win more than a couple of those games. There’s probably not enough meat left on the bone to get to 10 wins after that.
2020 Michigan Wolverines Football Schedule
Day, Date Opponent
Saturday, September 5 at Washington
Saturday, September 12 Ball State
Saturday, September 19 Arkansas State
Saturday, September 26 Wisconsin
Saturday, October 3 Penn State
Saturday, October 10 at Michigan State
Saturday, October 17 at Minnesota
Saturday, October 24 Purdue
Saturday, October 31 OPEN
Saturday, November 7 Maryland
Saturday, November 14 at Rutgers
Saturday, November 21 Indiana
Saturday, November 28 at Ohio State
Saturday, December 5 Big Ten Championship