Michigan is entering its highly anticipated season opener against Notre Dame as a Las Vegas favorite. The Wolverines were listed as a 1-point favorite against the Fighting Irish in odds released earlier this week.
ESPN’s Football Power Index calculation, however, favors Notre Dame.
Michigan has a 32.1 percent chance to pick up a road win in Week 1, according to FPI. It’s one of three games this season in which Michigan is picked to lose. FPI also gives Michigan a 42.3 percent chance to beat Michigan State on the road and a 31.9 percent chance to knock off Ohio State in Columbus.
The Wolverines have one of the country’s toughest schedules in 2018.
Michigan’s meeting with Notre Dame on Sept. 1 marks the first time the schools have played since 2014. It will be one of the highlights of college football’s first weekend and ESPN called it the best game of Week 1:
As we noted in our FPI projections release in April, Notre Dame is a legitimate playoff contender with the fifth-best chance at a top-four SOR finish. That may surprise some because the Fighting Irish lack a robust aerial attack, but credit their defense and a tough schedule.
Second only to Washington-Auburn in our pregame matchup quality metric, this one should be a must-watch on Sept. 1, especially because it could be our first look at Shea Patterson as Michigan’s quarterback.