Michigan Betting Odds: Wolverines Make History as 52.5-Point Favorite vs. Hawaii

With how Michigan’s season opener against Colorado State played out, it looks like the Wolverines may be picking up where they left off last season. They will not face serious competition for a few more weeks, but barring a massive shift before kickoff Saturday night, it appears they will make history this week.

Why? Because of the massive spread listed at Michigan online sportsbooks for Hawaii vs. Michigan betting odds.

Hawaii vs. Michigan Betting Odds

At 52.5-points at Caesars Sportsbook Michigan, the spread for this game is the largest in school history. The previous record of 45.5 points was set in 2012 when No. 17 Michigan faced a dreadful UMass team.

SportsbookPoint SpreadMoneylineTotal
BetMGMMichigan -51.5 (-110)
Hawaii +51.5 (-110)
Michigan NA
Hawaii +4000
Over 67.5 (-110)
Under 67.5 (-110)
DraftKingsMichigan -52 (-110)
Hawaii +52 (-110)
Michigan NA
Hawaii NA
Over 67 (-115)
Under 67 (-105)
FanDuelMichigan -51.5 (-118)
Hawaii +51.5 (-104)
Michigan NA
Hawaii NA
Over 67.5 (-108)
Under 67.5 (-112)
CaesarsMichigan -52.5 (-110)
Hawaii +52.5 (-110)
Michigan NA
Hawaii NA
Over 67 (-110)
Under 67 (-110)

It is not the largest point spread in college football history; that honor belongs to a 2012 game between Savannah State and Florida State. The Seminoles were 70.5-point favorites in the game, and they won, 55-0. But the game was called in the third quarter due to severe lightning in the area.

Back in 2012, the Wolverines did cover the spread against UMass as they went on to beat the Minutemen 63-13. But will that be the case this weekend?

Could Hawaii Be Another Appalachian State?

Michigan bettors are likely chomping at the bit to get in on the action for this game, but history may be causing some to pause. Should the Wolverines destroy Hawaii? Yes. But is there a chance they don’t? Of course. It happened back in 2007. Michigan was a 33-point favorite against the defending FCS champs Appalachian State.

The Mountaineers recorded one of the biggest upsets in college football history by taking down the Wolverines in “The Big House,” 34-32. So, it has happened before. What’s to say it will not happen again? For one, it was not entirely surprising that Appalachian State was competitive. The Mountaineers were the defending FCS champs, after all. Hawaii, on the other hand, is an FBS program in turmoil.

Offseason drama led to a slew of changes. Head coach Todd Graham resigned due to some unfortunate drama, and most of the team’s best players found new homes via the transfer portal.

Hiring former Hawaii great Timmy Chang as the new head coach was meant to provide the program with a familiar, trusted, and respected face. But Chang has never been a head coach or coordinator at the FBS level. He’s only been coaching since 2012. Due to a lack of talent and a head coach learning the job as he goes, it will be hard for Hawaii to compete with anyone this season, let alone Michigan.

Betting Analysis

While it would make for a fantastic story and an incredibly entertaining game, it is doubtful the Rainbow Warriors will pull off an epic upset this weekend — or even make it interesting. Michigan is a talented, well-coached team ready to compete at the game’s highest level. Hawaii is not.

Everyone on the Wolverines roster, including the water boy, will get to play Saturday. The Rainbow Warriors will wish they had stayed home but appreciate the check Michigan will give them.

Our Picks: The Wolverines will cover the spread (-51.5) but do not count on the game going over the total. Take the under (67). If you are not confident, use one of the bonuses at Michigan sportsbooks to protect yourself.

AP Photo/Al Goldis

About the Author

Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver is a Senior Writer at Michigan Sharp as well as a lifelong football fan, which he believes comes naturally as he hails from the football-crazy state of Texas. His love of sports, over the years, has grown to include basketball, baseball, rugby, and golf. Currently, life finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.