The Michigan Wolverines are off to the road to play the Utah Utes in an NCAA college football game scheduled for Thursday September 3rd.
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Start time from Utah is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Utah Utes Odds
The wagering odds from this week one contest have the home side Utah Utes the -5 ½ points with a total set at 47 points. Those who play on Utah on the money line will lay -240 odds with the return on the underdog Michigan Wolverines at +205 odds on the money line.
The teams met in 2014 with Utah earning the 26-10 road win at Michigan as a +3 point underdog with the total going under 53 points.
Head coach John Harbaugh makes his debut with the school. The Wolverines were 5-7 overall in 2014 and were just 3-5 against the Big Ten. Brady Hoke was let go. There will be 15 starters from a year ago for Harbaugh to work with.
Quarterback Shane Morris saw work as the starter a season ago. It looks like it will be Iowa transfer Jake Rudock under center at Utah in week one. Rudock will have four of the top five targets in the passing game back in 2015. A positive for Michigan was their defense has shown improvement in recent season. In 2014 their unit held opponents to just 22 points a game. Their schedule has them playing four games in the non-conference and eight games against the Big Ten.
Utah had a successful 2014 as they concluded play at 9-4 overall. They finished with a record over .500 against the PAC 12 for the first time since moving to the conference with a mark of 5-4. They totaled 31 points of offense per game with their defense limiting their opposition to just under 25 points per contest.
The Utes in 2014 should the ability to win close games. Their defense kept them in many of their contests allowing the offense to win with late scoring drives to bolster their confidence. Utah had wins against both USC and UCLA from the PAC 12 south in 2014. Quarterback Travis Wilson is a senior and returns to the school in 2015. Wilson must beat out Kendal Thompson who transferred to the school from Oklahoma. Head coach Kyle Whittingham will have 14 starters back from last year’s team as they lose four starters each from both sides of the ball.
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