Michigan vs. Minnesota Odds: Bettors Picking Underdog Golden Gophers

Despite coming in as a 3.5-point underdog, bettors like Minnesota on Saturday night
Brian Good
Sat, October 24, 10:38 AM EDT

Michigan vs. Minnesota Preview

The last time Minnesota beat Michigan at home was 43 years ago. On Saturday night, in both team’s season opener, the Golden Gophers will be trying to end that skid.

Fresh off an 11-win season in 2019 under head coach PJ Fleck, Minnesota is ranked No. 21 in the country but still comes into Saturday’s primetime matchup as the underdogs.

Meanwhile, Michigan is the 18th ranked team in the country. This season’s starting quarterback for the Wolverines, Joe Milton, will be the first quarterback to start the season under center for Michigan that head coach Jim Harbaugh recruited out of high school.

The oddsmakers favor the Wolverines at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, but the betting public is firmly behind the underdogs.

Michigan vs. Minnesota Betting Breakdown

As of Saturday afternoon, most sportsbooks are offering Michigan as 3.5-point favorites on the point spread. Last season, Minnesota had two wins over ranked teams. A 31-26 defeat of the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions and a 31-24 victory against No. 12 Auburn in their bowl game.

Despite the fact that Michigan graduated starting quarterback Shea Patterson and sophomore Joe Milton is taking over this season, Michigan is still a -155 favorite on the moneyline, implying a 60.8% chance that the Wolverines continue their win streak in Minnesota.

The Gophers are +140, meaning oddsmakers are giving them a 41.7% shot at winning outright.

Despite oddsmakers favoring Michigan, bettors have been backing Minnesota. According to DraftKings, 57% of all bets have come in on the Gophers to win outright, and 55% of point spread bets are on the home team to cover.

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Michigan vs. Minnesota Odds

Team ML Odds Implied Probability Public Betting %
Michigan -155 60.8% 43%
Minnesota +140 41.7% 57%
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