After defying all odds and winning The Game without Jim Harbaugh on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines booked their third consecutive Big Ten Championship Game appearance in Indianapolis.
Their opponent — the Iowa Hawkeyes. Kirk Ferentz and company played Michigan in the 2021 edition of the conference championship, losing to the Wolverines, 42-3.
The oddsmakers don’t expect it to be that much of a blowout, but they do believe the Wolverines have a huge advantage. The opening betting line was just released by DraftKings Sportsbook, and Michigan is a 22.5-point favorite to begin the week. The over/under is set at a very low total of 35.
Iowa won the Big Ten West after going 10-2 overall and 7-2 in the conference. The Hawkeyes relied heavily on their strong defense after year-long injuries to quarterback Cade McNamara, and star tight ends Erick All and Luke Lachey.
Meanwhile, Michigan is coming off its third straight win over Ohio State. In the 30-24 victory, J.J. McCarthy and Blake Corum paced the offense, while Rod Moore and Will Johnson both intercepted Kyle McCord.
Iowa has only defeated two conference opponents all season — Michigan State (26-16) and Rutgers (22-0) — by double-digits, and only put up 30+ points once all season long in a Week 2 blowout over Western Michigan. To this I say — good luck in Indianapolis.
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