Sports Betting Week: Utah Favored over Michigan in College Football Opener

The college football season kicks off this week with 15 games on the Thursday schedule including the debut of Jim Harbaugh as coach of the Michigan Wolverines, who open their campaign on the road against the Utah Utes as 5.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Harbaugh arrives in Ann Arbor charged with the task of reviving a Wolverines football program that won just five games overall a year ago and just three games against Big Ten conference rivals in each of the past two years. Not surprisingly, the Wolverines sport long 50/1 odds of claiming a national championship at the end of this season.

The Utes open their 2015 campaign looking to build on a 9-4 record from a year ago, their first winning season since 2011, but are 0-3 ATS in their last three games when favored by 5.5 or more points. The Utes have also claimed SU victories in their past two meetings with Michigan according to the OddsShark College Football Database, while going 3-0 ATS in their last three games against the Wolverines.

In other college football Week 1 action, the South Carolina Gamecocks are favored by two points in their opener against the North Carolina Tar Heels, while the Marshall Thundering Herd look to improve to 15-1 SU in their last 16 home dates when they host the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday. As well, the Ohio State Buckeyes begin defense of their championship on Monday as 11-point favorites vs. the Virginia Tech Hokies.

In baseball betting action this week the Minnesota Twins will be looking to close the gap on the Texas Rangers for the second AL Wild Card spot when they begin a three-game series on Tuesday against the visiting Chicago White Sox as +140 moneyline underdogs. Minnesota has won eight of 10 games entering Tuesday night's betting matchup at Target Field, moving them to within 1.5 games of the Rangers in the AL Wild Card race.

The Rangers, meanwhile, started a 10-game western swing on Monday against the San Diego Padres and travel to Los Angeles this weekend to face the division-rival Angels, who opened the week just 3.5 games out of an AL Wild Card spot.


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