As we dive into this weekend’s Michigan-Indiana betting odds, I think we first need to discuss just how much of a mess this season has been for the Hoosiers.
Indiana football was on the verge of making the Hoosier State a football state after the way the 2020 season ended. That idea evaporated with a quickness, however, as Michael Penix fell off a cliff, the Hoosiers were dragged by anyone and everyone they played in the first month of the season and, as of today, are sitting at 2-6 without much hope of even being bowl eligible.
That’s not ideal.
The Wolverines were quite the opposite. Jim Harbaugh was on the hot seat as Juwan Howard managed to get his hoops program up and running at a level that was on par with any other program in the sport. That said, the Wolverines are not completely out of the race for a spot in the college football playoff, and even with last week’s blown lead, they are sitting at 7-1 on the season and in the top ten of the polls.
Two programs that couldn’t be heading in more different directions are facing off. Will something give here?
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and provide the Michigan-Indiana betting odds for Week 10 of the college football season.
Until then, as a NCAA fan, you can check NFL betting odds and get ready to place a bet at BetRivers.
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MICHIGAN-INDIANA BETTING ODDS:
INDIANA (2-6) at No. 9 MICHIGAN (7-1)
GAME: 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
MONEYLINE: Michigan (-1667), Indiana (+850)
SPREAD: Michigan (-20)
They call these get right games.
Look, Indiana is a mess. They have not won a Big Ten game this season, and while there is a real chance that changes this month, there is almost no chance that it happens this weekend.
The Wolverines are pissed off. They blew a lead to their archrival that not only allowed the Spartans to get into the first unveiling of the college football playoff rankings, but that allowed Kenneth Walker III to vault himself into pole position for the Heisman Trophy. They had a chance to ruin Michigan State’s season in Michigan State’s building and instead created a memory that is going to last a lifetime for all 100,000 people that were there. If you think this week’s practices were fun, you know nothing about Jim Harbaugh.
Indiana ranks 11th in the Big Ten is offense. They rank dead last in defense. They are going on the road to take on a team of rabid, angry Wolverines looking to prove a point.
I could break this down further, by matchup, whatever you want. I just do not see the need. Indiana cannot stop a punishing ground game, and Michigan’s is among the best in the country. Expect long drives, a lot of them, and a game that never feels like it’s in doubt. Michigan covers with ease.