Youmans: Four Week 8 college football bets I like


It has the sound of a broken record at this point, but this is being called a make-or-break year for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. In his first five years in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh has made habits of talking too big and losing big games.

Joe Milton might be able to make many of Harbaugh’s problems go away. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior quarterback is an elite athlete capable of making 80-yard throws. He’s projected to be a future NFL first-round pick, even drawing comparisons to Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes. The Wolverines create no shortage of over-the-top hype.

Big Ten football is finally back, and Michigan is among the conference’s mystery teams. The Wolverines lost nine players to the NFL Draft -- only LSU lost more -- and will be breaking in a new quarterback, yet they are road favorites against Minnesota.

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