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Michigan opens week as 7-point favorites over Utah

Michigan will face their first challenge at home this season against Utah and are currently listed as seven-point favorites.

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The non-conference slate of the Michigan football schedule will be coming to an end on Saturday. It also brings the first challenging opponent the Wolverines (2-1) will face at home.

With Utah heading to Ann Arbor (3:30 p.m. kick on ABC or ESPN 2), Michigan heads into the week as current favorites.

Per VegasInsider, the Wolverines are currently listed as seven-point favorites over the Utes (2-0). The team is making their first trip to Ann Arbor since defeating the Wolverines 25-23 in 2008, a year it went 13-0 and defeated Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl.

It's also the first game of a home-and-home series the two programs scheduled in 2012.

Coming off a bye week, Utah will be coming into this contest with an extra week of preparation for Michigan. Their high scoring offense, ranked third in the nation at 57.5 points, will be put to the test as Michigan's defense -- conference leader in total defense -- will look to slow down a team that put up at least 50-points in each of its first two games this season.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and Brady Hoke have history coaching against one another in the Mountain West. Hoke's San Diego Aztecs lost both meetings in 2009 and 2010 to Whittingham's Utes, who are now in the Pac-12.

Since joining the conference, Utah has finished 5-7 in two seasons.

Joshua Henschke is the Co-Managing Editor for SB Nation's Maize n Brew. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaHenschke or "Like" him on Facebook.