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College Football Win Total Betting: Will Michigan Log Double-Digit Wins in 2024?

Gabriel Santiago
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College Football Win Total Betting: Will Michigan Log Double-Digit Wins in 2024?

With action on the hardwood taking over the airwaves, college football will be (temporarily) put on the back burner. However, for those gridiron fans who want to get ahead of the game, FanDuel Sportsbook has gone live with 2024 college football win totals!

Like many other aspects of FBS, the defending-champion Michigan Wolverines will enter a new era in the coming year. With Jim Harbaugh now employed by the Los Angeles Chargers, U-M will turn to Sherrone Moore as full-time head coach.

Along with the coaching, Michigan will endure several personnel changes on both sides of the football. With all that considered, which direction will the Maize and Blue trend in the coming campaign?

Let's dive into the Wolverines' 2024 regular-season win total odds at FanDuel Sportsbook and take a look at both perspectives -- the over and the under.

All college football odds via FanDuel Sportsbook. Lines may change after this article is published.

Michigan Football Win Total Odds

Michigan Football Over/Under 9.5 Wins

  • Over: +138
  • Under: -170

Michigan 2024 Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Sat, Aug 31vs. Fresno State
Sat, Sep 7vs. Texas
Sat, Sep 7vs. Arkansas State
Sat, Sep 21vs. USC
Sat, Sep 28vs. Minnesota
Sat, Oct 5@ Washington
Sat, Oct 19@ Illinois
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Why Michigan Could Win Over 9.5 Games (+138)

In life, change truly is the only constant, and such will be the case in Ann Arbor in 2024. Amid an expanding Big Ten, Michigan will welcome conference newcomers straight away by playing the USC Trojans, Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks this coming campaign. Still, that equates to just one trip out to the West Coast for the Wolverines.

Immediately, we see that under 9.5 wins is the favorite in this market. However, winning at least 10 games is a feat the Wolverines have accomplished in six of the past nine seasons.

Upon McCarthy's eventual departure to the NFL, redshirt sophomore Alex Orji is expected to step in at signal-caller. Orji -- who will turn 21 during the upcoming season -- is a dual-threat quarterback who has spent the previous two years around the program. What he lacks in on-field experience, he makes up for with athleticism.

If Coach Moore elects to keep Harbaugh's simple theory of "run the ball, protect the QB and play stout defense," then Michigan will still be on solid ground in 2024. Up front, the Wolverines are returning center Greg Crippen and left-tackle Andrew Gentry. That should provide some solace for continuing a dominant running game.

On defense, Michigan will remain a buzzsaw going forward. In 2023, U-M surrendered only 10.4 PPG. It will take considerable effort to repeat that specific clip, but the Wolverines will absolutely give opposing offenses fits.

Star edge rusher Josaiah Stewart will be one of Michigan's top defensive returners. Last year, Stewart was second on the team in both quarterback sacks (5.5) and TFL (8.5). In the secondary, safety Rod Moore will also be back. A year ago, Moore compiled two interceptions along with 38 total tackles -- look for U-M to lean on Moore and Stewart in the coming campaign.

Why Michigan Could Win Under 9.5 Games (-170)

FanDuel Sportsbook's odds for Michigan winning fewer than 10 games have shortened since earlier in the month, which indicates increased support for the under in this market. Incidentally, that would translate to at least three losses for the Wolverines.

For the under to prevail, Michigan would likely need to lose at least once through their first four games -- all of which will be played in Ann Arbor. Through that stretch, U-M will host the Fresno State Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns, Arkansas State Red Wolves and USC. Transparently, we could see three close contests in there; I would not be shocked at all if Texas won at the Big House. Early lines have Michigan as a 2.5-point home 'dog against the Longhorns.

The Wolverines do not hit the road until October 5th. In that bid, they'll travel to Seattle where the Huskies roam. Even for a team as strong as Michigan, defeating UDub at Husky Stadium will prove no small task -- Washington has not lost at home since November 2021. With that said, it won't be the same Huskies from a year ago, and Michigan is installed as an 11.5-point favorite.

Potentially, if the 'Horns and Huskies are able to hang losses on U-M, this market will come down to The Game. In that regard, Michigan has gotten the better of the Ohio State Buckeyes for three years running. OSU and head coach Ryan Day will make it the utmost priority to defeat "that team up north" in 2024 -- Day's position in Columbus may very well depend on it. Michigan will have to travel to The Shoe for that game, making it a very difficult matchup -- one that Michigan is an early 9.5-point underdog in.


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