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Michigan opens week as 3-point road underdogs against Rutgers

After coming off an embarrassing loss to Minnesota a week ago, Michigan opens the week as three-point road underdogs against Rutgers.

Leon Halip

Editor's Note: We initially reported that Michigan was a one-point road favorite against Rutgers, that number quickly changed so we decided to post a story with the correct Vegas line.

With all the embarrassing losses suffered this season, the Vegas odds are finally catching up to the Wolverines and going in the wrong direction.

After an embarrassing 30-14 loss to Minnesota, Michigan (2-3, 0-1) is traveling to Piscataway to face off against conference newcomers Rutgers (4-1, 0-1) under the lights on Saturday (7:00 p.m., BTN.) Rutgers, who played Penn State in the first Big Ten match-up of the season, lost a close one at home 13-10 against the Nittany Lions. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 31-6 victory over Tulane last week.

According to VegasInsiders, the Wolverines are 3-point road underdogs heading into New Jersey after suffering back-to-back lackluster performances at home against Minnesota and Utah. When the first odds were posted, VegasInsiders initially had Michigan as 1-point road favorites to open, but quickly went in Rutgers favor.

If Michigan plans to escape with victory, it must get through quarterback Gary Nova and receiver Leonte Carroo. Nova currently has 1197-yards passing with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He is also averaging around 10-yards per completion.

Carroo, who finished the 2013 season with 478 receiving yards, has 475 and five touchdowns through five games. He had three touchdown receptions last week against Tulane and averages around 20-yards per catch.