College Football Betting Odds for Michigan-Florida Contest
Posted by: Mike Davis
College football betting makes its return in the coming weeks, allowing NCAA sportsbook fans to wager on collegiate football once again. There’s plenty to look forward to in 2017, including Week 1’s matchup between the Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators. Two of the most popular programs in the nation going head to head is always a good reason to tune in for college football. Let’s take a look at what sports wagering sites are predicting for this contest.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators – Saturday, September 2nd
When: 3:30 pm ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
Michigan Wolverines -4 (-110) 45 (-110) -185
Florida Gators +4 (-110) 45 (-110) +160
The Wolverines turned in a 10-3 record (7-2 in Big Ten play) for the 2016 season. In Jim Harbaugh’s second year at the helm, the Wolverines managed to finish 3rd in the East Division, and was ranked No. 10 in the nation. Before they faced Ohio State in The Game, the Wolverines had only conceded one loss on the season. That quickly went south however, as the Buckeyes dealt Michigan a 27-30 loss. The Wolverines were unable to rebound in the Orange Bowl, where the Florida State Gators defeated them 33-32.
Harbaugh returns in his 3rd season with the program and is joined by the usual suspects: Tim Drevno at offensive coordinator (3rd season with Michigan) and Don Brown as defensive coordinator (2nd year with the Wolverines).
The Wolverines have plenty to look forward to this season, considering the kind of talent they were able to bring in. Michigan has brought in 4 players that are universally considered 4-star recruits. Chief among them is linebacker Jordan Anthony, who should make an impact for the Wolverines this upcoming season.
The Gators gave their best in 2016 and fought hard for a 9-4 (6-2 in SEC play) record. Their effort paid off considering that Florida managed to finish 1st in the East Division and was ranked No. 14 nationally. In the SEC Championship Game, the Gators came up short 16-54 against the then reigning national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Florida found some measure of redemption in January, when they defeated No. 21 Iowa in the Outback Bowl 30-3.
Jim McElwain makes the return at head coach, his third year with Florida. McElwain is joined by offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier who is in his third season with the program. There have been some changes however, most notably on defense. The Gators have brought in a new pair of co-defensive coordinators: Randy Shannon and Chris Rumph.
Florida enters this Week 1 matchup as a college football betting underdog, which makes sense when accounting for last season’s results. Since this contest is the first time either of these teams have stepped onto the field, a bet on Florida would not be misguided. There’s plenty of value on the prediction, and it’s quite feasible as well.