Oddsmakers: Michigan football virtual pick ’em against Penn State
Much like Michigan’s early-season road game in Wisconsin, punters are planning a tight one this weekend with Penn State.
The ninth-seeded Wolverines are the one-point underdog for Saturday’s game with the Nittany Lions (noon, ABC), a game scheduled for Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.
Circa Sports in Las Vegas first established the line on Sunday afternoon, while several popular sports books followed late and early Sunday morning, including DraftKings, PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbook.
BetMGM is the only operator with Michigan +1 1/2, while FanDuel lists Michigan +0.5 in a virtual pick ’em. Caesars classified the game as a pick at one point on Sunday night.
Saturday’s game against Penn State is part of a crucial playoff streak that will determine the fate of the playoffs for Michigan (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten), which made its debut at No. 7 in the playoff standings. college football. Jim Harbaugh’s side are tied for second with Michigan State atop the Big Ten Eastern Division standings, one game behind leaders Ohio State with three games remaining.
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The Wolverines beat Indiana, 29-7, on Saturday to rebound from their first loss to MSU. They also covered the closing line, taking them to 7-2 this season ATS.
If the line does hold up this week, it would only be the second time this season that Michigan has been a betting underdog. He ended as a 2-point underdog against Wisconsin on Oct. 2, a game the Wolverines won straightaway, 38-17, in Madison.
Note: There are a lot of injury issues on the Michigan side. Star running back Blake Corum was sidelined in the first half of the win over Indiana with a right leg injury, while cornerback Gemon Green and wide receivers Andrel Anthony and AJ Henning are all left with undisclosed injuries.
The Wolverines were also playing without tight end Erick All, who is set to return against Penn State.
Meanwhile, Penn State snapped a three-game losing streak with a 31-14 victory over Maryland on Saturday. Quarterback Sean Clifford amassed 363 yards and three touchdowns in the win, improving the Nittany Lions to 6-3 this season. Like Michigan, PSU holds victories this season over Wisconsin and Indiana. James Franklin’s side are 6-3 ATS.
Michigan have lost the last two games against Penn State, including a 28-21 game at State College in 2019 and the last two games at Beaver Stadium.