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Michigan is a 12.5-point underdog for its Sept. 1 opener against Alabama, but Asmussen ranks the Crimson Tide No. 3, two spots behind the Wolverines.
And he's taking the Wolverines.
"I think they had all summer to get ready for Alabama, and I think there will be a little bit of a hangover with Alabama," he said. "If you look at their history, (the Crimson Tide) don't win back-to-back titles. They win a title, then they fall back. And nobody talks about this, but their defense got clubbed (by turnover).
"I just have a gut feeling,