Michigan Wolverine fans have a lot of expectations this year of the team. Last season marked the first time the Wolverines made it to the CFP. To have a chance at the College Football Playoff again this year, the team would need to secure the Big Ten Championship again.
Recap from last year
Jim Harbaugh’s seventh year at Ann Arbor finally resulted in a win over Ohio State in “The Game” which earned Michigan a spot in the CFP. The team then destroyed Iowa at the Big Ten Championship Michigan in Indianapolis last December. With a record-breaking turn-out of over 67,000 sports fans, the Michigan Wolverines crushed Iowa’s chances at the Big Ten title, winning 42-3.
Last season’s performance left fans wanting more, though, and Jim Harbaugh has to deal with the fact that VIPs from his team are missing. Last year, Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo accounted for the majority of sacks last season (25 of 34 total sacks). To have a chance again this season, the Wolverines will have to make up for the loss in talent.
Another conference win this year would make it the school’s second since 2004. This coming year, Michigan will have two new coordinators added to the mix along with many new players. The starting quarterback is also still in the air between former five-star recruit J.J. McCarthy and Cade McNamara. McNamara proved more reliable last year and helped lead the team to wins over Ohio State and Iowa. The team also expects to gain back Ronnie Bell, a wide receiver who missed last season due to a torn ACL. Other receivers joining the ranks again this year include Cornelius Johnson, Mike Sainristil, Roman Wilson, A.J. Henning, Andrel Anthony, and Cristian Dixon. In the backfield, the team will see the return of Blake Corum. The junior running back is coming off a 952-yard, 11-touchdown season last year with more room for growth this year.
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh agrees to a new 5-year contract
After last season’s performance, the head coach for the Michigan Wolverines agreed to a new five-year contract that runs through the 2026 season. The contract extension came in February this year, directly after the Minnesota Vikings interviewed Harbaugh as consideration for head coach of their program. The Vikings went in a different direction which resulted in the University of Michigan locking down Harbaugh for a few more years.
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel commented on the contract extension, stating, “Jim has done a great job coaching and developing the young men in our football program.” “Last season, Jim along with the staff and players delivered a memorable season that will remain with all of us for a long time. As coach said, this is just the beginning,” said Manuel.
Manuel continued, “Academically, our program has been one of the best in the Big Ten and among the leaders across the country. We have graduated our players and they have been young men of great character who have done the right things. I have the utmost confidence in the direction of the program under Jim’s leadership.”
The University of Michigan currently sits 2nd across most sportsbooks in the state to win the Big Ten Championship. With the recent additions to the team, a contract extension, and a tough schedule ahead, it will be exciting to see how the Michigan Wolverines come off such a hot season.
A complete odds breakdown for the Big Ten Championship is below:
|Ohio State Buckeyes||-200||-215||-220||-250|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||+1400||+1600||+1600||+1400|
|Michigan State Spartans||+2500||+2800||+2500||+2500|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||+3000||+2800||+2500||+2500|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||+20000||+15000||+20000||+20000|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||+50000||+50000||+50000||+50000|
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