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Colorado State vs. Michigan picks and best bets for Week 1

The Colorado State Rams and Michigan Wolverines meet in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know for the game and a pick.

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The Colorado State Rams will travel to the Midwest to square off against the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Sept. 3 in the Big House at noon ET. Colorado State opens its first year under head coach Jay Norvell. Michigan comes off of a trip to the College Football Playoff, looking to prove that last year wasn’t just a fluke, with Cade McNamara looking to prove himself in an in-game tryout that will extend over the Wolverines’ first two weeks.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game.

SP+ Rankings

Colorado State: No. 96 overall, No. 109 offense, No. 71 defense
Michigan: No. 6 overall, No. 6 offense, No. 17 defense


Against The Spread

Colorado State: 0-0 ATS
Michigan: 0-0 ATS


Colorado State: Over 0-0
Michigan: Over 0-0

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Colorado State: No. 91 overall, No. 88 offense, No. 99 defense
Michigan: No. 15 overall, No. 15 offense, No. 15 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Michigan -30.5
Total: 61
Moneyline: Michigan -10000, Colorado State +1800

Opening line: Michigan -29.5
Opening total: 57.5


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The Pick

Michigan -30.5

Michigan returns eight of eleven starters from last year’s offense that averaged well over 400 yards per game last year. There is a lot of optimism that it will be even better this season. Norvell will work to improve the Rams, but it won’t be enough Saturday as Michigan rolls easily.

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