Need proof that new head coach Jim Harbaugh has the Michigan faithful believing? According to David Payne Purdum of ESPN, the Las Vegas SuperBook claims that the Wolverines are the fifth-most-bet-on team to win the national title this year, despite not qualifying for a bowl game in 2014. Of course, that factors in the odds, which are currently going off around 85:1, but still, it's a jaw-dropping statistic.
The only four higher? Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Notre Dame. The Buckeyes have been bet on four times more than the Crimson Tide, for the record.
">@LVSuperBook: 1. Ohio St (4x more $ than Bama) 2. Alabama 3. Auburn 4. Notre Dame 5. Michigan (
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum)
Top 5 by money bet to win national title @LVSuperBook:
1. Ohio St (4x more $ than Bama)
4. Notre Dame
5. Michigan (
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 1, 2015
">August 1, 2015
Harbaugh certainly seems like the right man for the job in Ann Arbor, but fans may want to temper expectations. Most coaches, regardless of their quality, don't turn around programs in less than one year.