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Opening betting odds released for J.J. McCarthy’s first career start against Hawaii

The Wolverines are a HEAVY favorite with J.J. McCarthy getting his first start.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 Michigan at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With the Michigan Wolverines taking care of business yesterday against Colorado State, Jim Harbaugh and his squad are officially off to a great start to the 2022 season. Next weekend, the non-conference slate continues as they welcome in the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors to the Big House.

Despite this being sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy’s first ever start at the collegiate level, the Wolverines are a giant favorite heading into this game. Michigan opened as a 49-point favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook, and it didn’t take long for that number to increase to 50. The over/under is set at 64.5.

The last time Michigan and Hawaii met up at the Big House was for the 2016 opener, when the Wolverines handled Hawaii 63-3. The Rainbow Warriors are...not much better than that 2016 team. They got blasted at home Week 0 to Vanderbilt, 63-10, and then lost at home this weekend to Western Kentucky, 49-17. To say it’s been a brutal start to their season is an understatement, so it’s no wonder Michigan is so heavily favored by the oddsmakers.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines rolled through Colorado State yesterday, 51-7. McCarthy didn’t play a ton — although he did score on a nice 20-yard touchdown run — so I fully expect him to get a lot of playing time against Hawaii as the quarterback battle with Week 1 starter Cade McNamara continues.

Do you plan on placing any bets for this game? Where would you put your money for this game? Let us know down in the comments!

All odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.