Michigan vs. Washington Odds: Huskies Look To Bounce Back Against Michigan
Week 1 of the college football season is in the books. There was a ton of great matchups that came down to the wire. Some teams disappointed (we’re looking at you Wisconsin, Indiana and Washington) and some teams exceeded expectations.
One of the marquee Week 2 showdowns comes to us in the Big House as Michigan hosts one of those disappointing teams, Washington.
In Week 1, Michigan took care of business, dominating visiting Western Michigan en route to a 47-14. QB Cade McNamara impressed in his 2021 debut, albeit in limited work, and Michigan looks to have found it’s rhythm on offense.
As for Washington, the good news is it can only go up from here. The Huskies entered the season as the No. 20 team in the country, only to score seven points and lose to FCS school Montana, 13-7.
Washington desperately needs to get a big win against a strong team like Michigan on the road.
If Michigan wants to compete with Ohio State for a Big 10 crown, they’re going to need to win games like this one.
Saturday’s Michigan vs. Washington matchup is a big one. Read on as we break down the Michigan vs. Washington betting line, odds and public data.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Washington Huskies
Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, MI)
Michigan Record: 1-0 (0-0 Big 10)
Washinton Record: 0-1 (0-0 Pac-12)
Michigan vs. Washington Preview
The last time Michigan had a top-tier QB that could lead them to big wins was from 2010-2012 when Denard Robinson was king in Ann Arbor. Since then it’s been Devin Gardner, Wilton Speight, John O’Korn, Brandon Peters, Shea Patterson and Joe Milton and they’ve all been disappointing.
Now, Cade McNamara steps under center and he has Michigan fans buzzing and believing he could be the real deal.
McNamara didn’t get a ton of reps in their win over Western Michigan as he was pulled once the game got out of hand, but he was fantastic when he played.
McNamara completed nine of 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yarder to WR Ronnie Bell.
On top of that, RB Blake Corum racked up 11 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the offense looked great.
This is all great news for Michigan, but the bad news came later in the game when Bell was carted off with a leg injury. If Bell is going to miss extended time, Michigan’s wideouts will have to step up.
There aren’t a ton of good things to cover from Washington’s upset loss at the hands of FCS school Montana.
Freshman QB Dylan Morris was a turnover machine, throwing three interceptions. But, the real red flag was the Washington run game.
Washington ran the ball 27 times for 65 yards, good for 2.4 yards per carry. There is no reason why the No. 20 team in the country shouldn’t be able to impose their will on an FCS opponent and run the ball down the field.
This is a team that is supposed to challenge Oregon and USC for the Pac-12 title this year and it already looks like that could be tough. Obviously, a loss to a non-conference team like Montana doesn’t directly impact their conference standings, but it’s a blow to the team as a whole.
Two things Washington must do if they’re going to beat Michigan is take care of the football and run the ball. If they can do that, they should compete come Saturday night.
Michigan vs. Washington Betting Line
The Michigan vs. Washington betting line for Saturday’s game is set. And, predictably, the Wolverines are favored at home against the Huskies.
Michigan comes into Saturday’s game as a 5.5-point favorite, which isn’t a ton when you consider the fact that Washington lost to an FCS opponent and now has to travel to the Midwest, into one of college football’s most hostile environments, and take on a team coming off a lopsided win.
Still, it appears the Michigan vs. Washington betting line is treating last week’s loss by the Huskies as an aberration rather than a look at what’s to come for Washington.
Michigan vs. Washington Odds
So, we know the sportsbooks are favoring Michigan when it comes to Michigan vs. Washington betting lines, but what about straight up? Obviously, Michigan will be favored, but what do the moneyline odds look like?
As of Sunday, Michigan is -210 on the moneyline. Those odds imply a 67.7% chance that Michigan moves to 2-0 on Saturday, September 11.
As for Washington, their +188 odds imply a 34.7% chance they pull off the upset in the Big House.
These odds will move by the time opening kick rolls around, but in which direction? I think you can expect Michigan’s moneyline odds to shorten and the spread to get even more drastic, somewhere in the 6-7.5 range.
|Teams||Point Spread||ML Odds||Over/Under|
|Michigan||-5.5||-210||Over 51 (-110)|
|Washington||+5.5||+188||Under 51 (-105)|
Michigan vs. Washington Betting
The sportsbooks may trust the huskies to come back strong on Saturday, but the betting public clearly does not. Since Washington’s game against Montana went final, there have been a ton of bets coming in on Michigan to win next weekend.
In that time span, 72.48% of all moneyline bets on Michigan vs. Washington have come in on the Wolverines to win. That means only 27.52% of wagers are backing the Huskies to rebound with a win in An Arbor
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