As the Michigan Wolverines fall football camp approaches it isn’t a difficult evaluation to realistically access that the oddsmakers Michigan win total and their projected success this season, in relation to the squad’s 2017 Regular Season Wins Total that WestGate has published, is over-valued.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said that redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight has not yet earned the starting quarterback job for the 2017 season.
Is this just coach-speak?
There are a large number of College Football pundits that believe Speight is NFL ready. The competition is legitimately tight according to the Wolverines’ head coach. Harbaugh told the local media recently that Speight “went through competition throughout the spring, went through 15 practices and it [competition] was a dead heat.” He went on in the interview to verbalize that it would take around 8-15 practices in camp before the competition has a name at the top of the depth chart.” Speight is competing against John O’Korn and Brandon Peters.
There is little doubt that Harbaugh has numerous talent and it is a given that he and his staff can recruit as effectively as any school in the college ranks. However, there is a total of just six starters back from last year’s team with only one of those being on defense.
Michigan lost 10 starters from last season’s No #1 ranked defensive unit, including Heisman finalist Jabrill Peppers, captain Chris Wormley, cover corner Jourdan Lewis and defensive line stalwart Taco Charlton. Defensive coordinator Don Brown has his work cut out for him if he plans on equaling last year’s season ending statistics yet alone improving on the unit’s 2016 performance.
Can Brown’s heavy blitzing scheme succeed with so many inexperienced starters in 2017?
Offensively, Michigan is in a better equipped to succeed than the defense, when comparing the two units to the 2017 player personnel. While the offense lost five starters from the 2016 unit Harbaugh and his coaching staff offered a large number of snaps to the young player core a year ago. However, one should expect that the offense will experience their share of high’s and low’s this season. The only significant skilled players to return on offense are Speight and running back Chris Evans. All things being equal Speight hasn’t even been named the starter, yet, and whomever is the starting signal caller in Week #1 versus Florida will have all new receivers as Amara Darboh, Jehu Chesson and Jake Butt departed for the NFL.
Michigan boasts plenty of young talent but with arguably their most important season defining game coming in Week #1 against the Florida Gators at Texas Stadium it isn’t a stretch to foresee growing pains on both sides of the ball in the team’s campaign opener. Road exams for the Wolverines this season, Florida in Texas and Penn State at Happy Valley are twp events in which Michigan should be underdogs. This 2017 Harbaugh squad does get Ohio State at home but the Big House alone won’t be enough to make Michigan the oddsmakers choice in this contest if Ohio State is who they are projected to be in late November.
With 2017 affairs against quality opponents in Florida, Penn State and Wisconsin away from home and Cincinnati, Michigan State and Ohio State at the Big House, each and every Saturday game will be mission critical to where Michigan is playing in January.
Beat the Gators in Arlington on the first Saturday of September and this team has a chance to win nine games this season, which would currently be a push on the SuperBook College Football 2017 Regular Season Wins chart. Fail to earn a “W” in the season opener versus a good Florida defense and winning nine game in 2017 is a long shot.
At best, this 2017 Michigan group looks like a team that will finish 8–4.
PREZ’ FREE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REGULAR SEASON TEAM WIN TOTAL is an investment on UNDER 9 Wins for the Michigan Wolverines.
|Michigan Wolverines 2017 Schedule|
|Sep 16||Air Force|
|Oct 7||Michigan St.|
|Oct 21||@Penn St.|
|Nov 25||Ohio St.|
The Las Vegas SuperBook, Westgate, has updated their College Football 2017 Regular Season Wins. Their latest teams and odds are charted below: