Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans: Preview and Pick
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Outside of the game with the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Michigan Wolverines have one big rivalry and that is the annual game against the Michigan State Spartans. Off a high scoring win and a bye week to prepare the Wolverines will attempt to get ready to play one of the toughest defenses in the country. The Spartans are riding a four game winning streak and will have that No. 1 overall defense waiting and ready on Game day.
Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans Odds
The college football odds for this game will be very close as this rivalry is always a fierce one on the football field. The Spartans have the home field edge which could attract more betting from the general public but the Wolverines have the popularity that brings college football bettors to the window. This line will move leading up to kick off so make sure to check out the top rated sportsbooks for the latest line.
If the Wolverines want to beat the Spartan’s they have to use the bye week wisely. The Michigan offense has lacked consistency this season, so the bye week will give the Wolverines an opportunity to find that and jell more as they begin what will be a tough stretch to end the season. Defensively, Michigan had appeared stout until last game against Indiana, so this off week gives that group a chance to regroup and examine what went wrong. The Wolverines allowed several big plays over the past two weeks, and on many of them it seemed as though the defensive backs were right there but didn’t finish. Those plays will cost them the game against the Spartans.
The college football betting trends for this game reveal some low scoring games in favor of the home team. The total has gone under in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games when playing Michigan State and under the total in 10 of Michigan State's last 13 games at home. Michigan is 1-4 straight up in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State and 0-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State. Michigan is just 5-13-1 ATS in its last 19 games on the road and 2-4 straight up in its last 6 games on the road. Michigan State is 5-0 straight up in its last 5 games at home but just 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games at home.
Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.