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Michigan opens week as 7-point favorites over Minnesota

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Michigan opens its Big Ten season as favorites as it will host rival Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug.

Leon Halip

Despite a horrific showing against Utah on Saturday, it appears that it didn't sway the bettors opinions regarding Michigan.

Michigan (2-2) opens its Big Ten season as favorites as it hosts Minnesota (3-1) for the Little Brown Jug this upcoming Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC).

According to VegasInsider, the Wolverines open the week as seven-point favorites despite not scoring an offensive touchdown or reaching the redzone for the second time in a matter of weeks during its 26-10 loss to Utah. Last season, the Wolverines defeated the Golden Gophers 42-13.

The Golden Gophers will come into Saturday's contest with the 124th-ranked passing offense in the nation, averaging just under 100-yards per game. It also has the 30th-ranked rushing offense with 236-yards per game led by running back David Cobb who has rushed for 539-yards and four touchdowns.

Michigan is the entering the week with a possible quarterback controversy. With senior Devin Gardner being pulled late in the game against Utah, back-up sophomore Shane Morris finished the game. Although Michigan coach Brady Hoke did not stick with his starter after the game, a decision will be made before Saturday.

Michigan has entered Saturday winning the previous six meetings between the two schools.