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Michigan vs. Colorado State odds, prediction: 2022 Week 1 college football picks, bets by model on 45-32 run

Fri, Sep 2, 2022

Michigan vs. Colorado State odds, prediction: 2022 Week 1 college football picks, bets by model on 45-32 run

Michigan Stadium hosts a season-opening tilt on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor when Jim Harbaugh and the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines take on first-year head coach Jay Norvell and the Colorado State Rams in a non-conference battle. It is the second meeting all-time between the programs, with Michigan winning the first matchup in 1994. Michigan is coming off a 12-2 season and a Big Ten title, while Colorado State aims to bounce back from a 3-9 performance in 2021. The Wolverines will start Cade McNamara at quarterback in this opener as he continues to battle with J.J. McCarthy for the full-time starting role.'

Kickoff is at noon ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Wolverines as 30.5-point favorites at home, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 61.5 in the latest Michigan vs. Colorado State odds. Before making any Colorado State vs. Michigan picks, you need to see the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past six-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It enters Week 1 of the 2022 college football season on a 45-32 run on all top-rated college football spread and money-line picks that dates back to 2021. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Colorado State vs. Michigan and just locked in its picks and CFB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college football odds and betting lines for Michigan vs. Colorado State:

  • Michigan vs. Colorado State spread: Michigan -30.5'
  • Michigan vs. Colorado State over/under: 61.5 points'
  • Michigan vs. Colorado State money line: Michigan -15000, CSU +2200'
  • CSU: The Rams ranked near the top of FBS with 39 sacks in 2021'
  • MICH: The Wolverines are coming off a Big Ten title and a 12-win season'
  • Michigan vs. Colorado State picks: See picks here.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Colorado State Rams Moneyline Spread Total MICH -15000 BET NOW -30.5 -110 BET NOW o61.5 -110 BET NOW COLOST +2200 BET NOW +30.5 -110 BET NOW u61.5 -110 BET NOW

Why Colorado State can cover

Colorado State's defense created real havoc in 2021, and the Rams will aim to do that again in the opener. The Rams produced 39 sacks, one of the best marks in FBS, and opponents completed less than 58 percent of passes against Colorado State. Senior linebacker Cam'Ron Carter returns to anchor the defense, and he produced 100 tackles, six sacks and an interception in 2021.'

On offense, there is an infusion of talent, as former Nevada head coach Jay Norvell takes the reins and brought in multiple players via the transfer portal. Quarterback Clay Millen is a former top high school prospect, and Colorado State adds Tory Horton and Melquan Stovall at wide receiver, with that pairing racking up more than 1,300 receiving yards at Nevada last season. Norvell posted a 33-26 record across five years with Nevada, and he should bring a fresh approach that could take advantage of a Michigan defense that lost considerable high-end talent from its lofty highs in 2021.

Why Michigan can cover

Michigan has the benefit of playing at home, and the Wolverines were dominant against the spread in 2021. Jim Harbaugh's team was 11-3 against the number, the best mark in FBS, and Michigan won its first Big Ten title since 2004 with a 39-point drubbing over Iowa in the conference championship game.'

Michigan has a notable talent edge over Colorado State on both sides of the ball, and the Wolverines were excellent on the ground last season. Michigan led the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 214.4 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry, and the Wolverines generated 39 rushing touchdowns. Michigan returns one of the best offensive lines in the country, and standout running backs Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards form one of the best pairings in the nation. With the Wolverines also excelling on defense and special teams, Michigan is in a favorable position, particularly against a Colorado State team that is 11-29 over the last four seasons.

How to make Colorado State vs. Michigan picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the point total, with neither team projected to have an 80-yard rusher. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations. You can only see the model's Colorado State vs. Michigan pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Colorado State vs. Michigan? And which side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Colorado State vs. Michigan spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.'

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