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Michigan football opens as betting favorite at Rutgers

Michigan football might be off to its worst start since 1967, but that won’t stop the oddsmakers from pegging it as a favorite.

 <img alt="a group of football players playing a football game: Michigan wide receiver A.J. Henning (3) tries to hurdle two players while running in the backfield in the first quarter of their Big Ten football game against Wisconsin at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, November 14, 2020." data-src="{"default":{"load":"default","w":"80","h":"53","src":"//img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BB1b2KTz.img?h=533&w=799&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f"},"size3column":{"load":"default","w":"62","h":"42","src":"//img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BB1b2KTz.img?h=416&w=624&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f"},"size2column":{"load":"default","w":"62","h":"42","src":"//img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BB1b2KTz.img?h=416&w=624&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f"}}" src="https://static-entertainment-eus-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/sc/9b/e151e5.gif" />   © Mike Mulholland | mmulholl@mlive.com/Mike Mulholland | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS  Michigan wide receiver A.J. Henning (3) tries to hurdle two players while running in the backfield in the first quarter of their Big Ten football game against Wisconsin at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, November 14, 2020.    <p>The Wolverines opened the week as nine-point betting favorites for their game Saturday at Rutgers (7:30 p.m., BTN), despite dropping their third straight game over the weekend.</p>    <p>The line comes from Circa Sports, the sports book operator for Las Vegas casinos Circa, The D and Golden Gate, co-owned by Detroit natives Derek and Greg Stevens.</p> <p>Jim Harbaugh’s team struggled in a 49-11 home loss to No. 13 Wisconsin, prompting the Michigan head coach to take responsibility for the poor 1-3 start.</p> <p>Not only are the Wolverines 1-3 this season, but that’s also their record against the spread — failing to cover in losses to Michigan State and Indiana, games they were also favored in, and Saturday’s loss as a seven-point underdog to the Badgers.</p> <p>Rutgers is also having a tough go of it this season, owning a 1-3 record with losses to Indiana, Ohio State and, most recently, Illinois. The Scarlet Knights are 2-2 against the spread this season but 0-2 at home.</p> <p>Michigan leads the all-time series with Rutgers, 5-1, winning the last five meetings after dropping a stunner in New Jersey in 2014.</p> <p>Read more on Michigan football:</p> <p><a href="https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/2020/11/grading-michigans-loss-to-wisconsin-fs-galore.html">Report card: F’s galore for Michigan in loss Wisconsin</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/2020/11/it-sucks-michigans-carlo-kemp-preaches-accountability-after-1-3-start.html">Carlo Kemp preaches accountability after 1-3 start</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/2020/11/jim-harbaugh-vows-reevaluation-of-everything-at-michigan-including-qb.html">Jim Harbaugh vows reevaluation of ‘everything’ at Michigan, including QB</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/2020/11/cade-mcnamara-replaces-joe-milton-at-qb-as-early-interceptions-derail-michigans-offense.html">Cade McNamara replaces Joe Milton at QB as early INTs derail Michigan’s offense</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.mlive.com/wolverines/2020/11/jim-harbaugh-michigan-not-in-a-good-place-after-third-straight-loss.html">Jim Harbaugh: Michigan ‘not in a good place’ after third straight loss</a></p> <p>———</p> <p>©2020 MLive.com, Walker, Mich.</p> <p>Visit MLive.com, Walker, Mich. at <a href="http://www.mlive.com.">www.mlive.com.</a></p> <p>Distributed by <a href="http://www.tribunecontentagency.com">Tribune Content Agency, LLC.</a></p>     <button> Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. </button>

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