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Michigan vs. Iowa Odds: Wolverines Have 84.1% Chance to Win Big 10 Championship

The latest Michigan vs. Iowa odds for Saturday's Big 10 Championship Game give the Wolverines an 84.1% chance of winning. Can the heavily-favored Wolverines take down Iowa and book a trip to the College Football Playoff? Let's see what the oddsmakers say
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Michigan vs. Iowa Odds: Wolverines Have 84.1% Chance to Win Big 10 Championship

Last week, Michigan finally got over the hump, beating rival Ohio State and booking their spot in the Big 10 Championship Game. This week, Michigan vs. Iowa odds have the Wolverines as massive favorites, despite the fact that Iowa was once ranked in the top-3 and has one of the best defenses in the country.

The reason Michigan vs. Iowa odds are so lopsided isn't just because the Wolverines won last week, but rather how they won. Michigan completely dismantled Ohio State, looking like the better team from the opening whistle, and convincing those watching that they may be for real this season.

It's weird seeing Michigan being taken seriously on a national level, but if Michigan vs. Iowa odds are any indication, oddsmakers have decided that the Wolverines are a real threat to challenge for the national title this year.

Sure, it would be the most Michigan thing ever to beat OSU, have the CFP right in front of you and lose to a reeling Iowa team while massively favored. But, that won't happen, right? Let's take a look at the latest Michigan vs. Iowa odds to find out.

Michigan vs. Iowa

Date: Saturday, December 4

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)

Michigan Record: 11-1 (8-1 ACC)

Iowa Record: 10-2 (7-2 ACC)

Michigan vs. Iowa odds

Michigan vs. Iowa Game Preview

So, we know that Michigan vs. Iowa odds heavily favor the Wolverines. But, why? What exactly will this game look like on the field and is there any chance that Iowa can upset Michigan and earn the Big 10 crown?

Michigan, for how good they have been this season, is fairly one-dimensional on the offensive side of the ball. They love to pound the rock with Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum and they don't care if you know what's coming. They just line up and run the ball down your throat.

Cade McNamara, Michigan's QB, has actually looked good at times this season, but it seems as though John Harbaugh and Josh Gattis are scared to take the training wheels off with him under center.

Michigan has also been known to play backup QB JJ McCarthy at times during the game, which makes little-to-no sense.

Basically, if the Wolverines can run the ball on you, then you're in for a long night. But, if you can force them to have to air it out, they become beatable.

The issue is, the Michigan defense is also very good. CJ Stroud and the rest of the OSU offense came in steamrolling everyone they faced and hit a brick wall against the Wolverines.

Iowa also boasts a really strong defensive unit, one that leads the nation in interceptions, but the issue is they don't have the offense to back it up.

Iowa can barely score points when facing a long field. They rely on their defense to cause turnovers and give them a short field so they can jam it into the end zone. But, with Michigan being so dependant on the run, I'm not sure how many chances the Hawkeyes will have to give their struggling offense a short field come Saturday night.

Michigan vs. Iowa Odds

So, we know that Michigan vs. Iowa odds are lopsided, but just how bad are they? Well, it really depends when and where you look. To start the week, Michigan vs. Iowa odds had the Wolverines favored by about 10.5 points on the point spread. Now, just a few hours from kickoff, those same Michigan vs. Iowa odds have Michigan favored by 12.5 points.

That makes them favored by more than any other Power 5 conference team in the country on Saturday. Michigan vs. Iowa odds have Michigan as bigger favorites to win the Big 10 than Cincinnati is to win the American.

As for the moneyline, I wouldn't suggest backing the Wolverines unless you have a lot of extra cash lying around. Right now, Michigan vs. Iowa odds have Michigan at -530 on the moneyline, implying an 84.1% chance they win outright.

TeamMoneylineOver/UnderPoint Spread
Michigan-530Over 43.5-12.5
Iowa400Under 43.5+12.5


Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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