I've read recently on this board (included in the poll post on the front page) that Michigan is coming into the Illinois game as an underdog.
Well don't tell Vegas that.
Currently we are 3 point favorites to beat Illinois this Saturday.
I know, I know - that doesn't make much sense. Michigan looks awful and Illinois is now the undisputed "underrated team of the Big Ten - 2010 season". We've lost to Iowa and MSU at home, and just had 41 points put on us by Opie Freaking Taylor. Illinois has just beat Indiana and Purdue by a combined score of 87-23.
So why in the hell are we favorites in this game? Unfortunately, I don't have the answer. What I can provide, however, is this:
Have you ever bet on a sporting even thinking "that's an unholy lock - they are feeding me free money with this line"? I know I have. How many times do you actually win that bet? I'd say less than 50% for me (I am a terrible gambler). Perhaps this game on Saturday is one of those games. Thinking Illinois should be the favorite, only they are getting three points, ultimately to have them lose to Michigan by 3 points or more.
Then again - perhaps this Saturday is NOT one of those games. One of those lines that makes you think "I have never bet against my team, but....".
Is this a game where Vegas knows more than we don't, or is this the game that says "I'm going out in a blaze of glory, Rich Rod era, time to lay the benjamins on Illinois"?