Projected win totals were released for Michigan football, plus, the path to Las Vegas becomes more clear for the Michigan Wolverines in the NIT, and more.
Michigan football has won a combined 25 games over the past two seasons. The Wolverines went 12-2 in 2021, followed by a 13-1 campaign in 2022.
The Michigan Wolverines have won back-to-back Big Ten championships and made the College Football Playoff two years running.
With J.J. McCarthy, Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards, a really good offensive line, and a stellar defense, Michigan football should be one of the top teams in the country once again in 2023 and that’s reflected in the win projections released by FanDuel this week.
Michigan football is projected to win 10.5 games by FanDuel. Georgia is projected to win at 11.5, while Ohio State is also right there with Michigan at 10.5.
Last year, I think the bet was 9.5 wins, which made quite a few people some money if they had the foresight to take it. In terms of next season’s Michigan Wolverines, I see them winning 11 games.
A 10-win season would mean losses to Penn State and Ohio State, or another combination. The Wolverines will need to play at Michigan State as well, which won’t be an easy win.
However, I’m still pretty confident in what Michigan football is next season, so I might be willing to take that bet.
Michigan Wolverines path in the NIT
After the win over Toldeo earlier this week in the NIT, the Michigan Wolverines, who are the No. 3 seed in the bracket, will travel to Vanderbilt on Saturday for a 12 PM EST tip-off.
The Commodores are a 21-win team from the SEC coached by Jerry Stackhouse. It should be a fun matchup and a big challenge for Michigan basketball.
But thanks to a win by Moorehead State over Clemson, the top-seeded team in the Wolverines bracket, Michigan will host the quarterfinal game if it defeats Vanderbilt.
Since the Michigan Wolverines have never lost an NIT game at home, it’s a solid bet that if they beat Vandy on Saturday, they will head to Las Vegas for the NIT semifinals.
Juwan Howard also left it up in the air that Jett Howard could play on Saturday. He’s dealing with an ankle injury still, but I would expect Joey Baker to start, push come to shove.
Michigan Wolverines get wins on the diamond
The Michigan Wolverines notched their seventh win of the baseball season thanks to a 7-3 triumph over Xavier which included four home runs.
Van Remortel and Jonathan Kim both had a home run and a double in the win for the Wolverines, while Joe Longo and Mitch Voit also went yard as Michigan built a 7-0 lead. Kurt Barr got the win on the mound after allowing zero runs in three innings on two hits.
The Michigan Wolverines also scored a 9-0 win over Bowling Green in softball to improve to 12-10 on the season. Lauren Derkowski got the win after striking out five and allowing zero runs in just over three innings of work. Every Wolverine in the batting order got at least one hit.