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Michigan opens as 8-point favorite against Wisconsin at the Big House

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A surprising opening line from Vegas.

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The Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers will do battle at the Big House next Saturday in prime time, and the first betting line is already released.

According to VegasInsider.com, the Wolverines opened as an eight-point favorite against the visiting Badgers.

This is a pretty surprising line considering the recent matchups between the Wolverines and Badgers. Michigan won 14-7 in 2016 against Wisconsin, and lost 24-10 on the road last season.

That opening line is also pretty surprising considering Michigan owns the No. 1 total defense in the country, while the Badgers are tied with East Carolina for the No. 17 total defense.

I fully expect this to be another defensive showdown, so eight points seems like a bit much.

Time will tell, though, and we will all find out around 11 p.m. or so on Saturday.

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Do you think Michigan will defeat Wisconsin by eight points or more?

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    Yes
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  • 45%
    No, but Michigan will still win
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    No, Michigan will lose to Wisconsin
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