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Michigan football a heavy favorite vs. Middle Tennessee State – MLive.com

As expected, the Michigan football team opened as a betting favorite in its season opener next weekend.

A heavy favorite.

The seventh-ranked Wolverines range from 30 to 34-point favorites against Middle Tennessee State on Aug. 31 (7:30 p.m., BTN) at various sports books in Las Vegas, according to odds-publisher VegasInsider.com.

While most gambling halls in the resort town list Michigan as a 32 or 33-point favorite, Caesars Entertainment-owned books are currently on the high end: Listing the Wolverines as a 34-point favorite.

Meanwhile, Westgate Las Vegas, home to one of the more popular sports books in the city, only lists Michigan as a 30-point favorite.

Other sports book chains are within a 1/2 point or point of one another, with MGM Resorts and Treasure Island both list Michigan -32 1/2, Wynn, CG Technology and Circa Sports list Michigan -33, and William Hill, Stations Casinos, Golden Nugget and South Point all list the Wolverines as 33 1/2-point favorites.

Online sports book Bovada currently lists Michigan as a 33 1/2-point favorite, with an over/under point total set at 54.

The Wolverines are a popular choice among sports bettors, in part because of the school’s massive alumni base and nationwide brand appeal. Coming off a 10-3 season, Michigan is the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten and returns eight starters on offense.

MTSU went 8-6 last season, losing the Conference USA title game to UAB before dropping the New Orleans Bowl to Appalachian State, 45-13.

BTN BROADCAST: Matt Millen, the former Detroit Lions CEO and president turned college-football analyst, will join Kevin Kugler in the broadcast booth to help call Michigan’s season opener on Big Ten Network. Millen had successful heart transplant surgery in December, and announced plans in July to return to his broadcast gig.

Millen and Kugler will be joined by sideline reporter Rick Pizzo.

Listen to our Michigan athletics-focused podcast, “Wolverine Confidential,” on Soundcloud (below) or iTunes.

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