Central Michigan Chippewas vs Michigan State Spartans 9/1/2023 – Central Michigan enters its fifth year under Jim McElwain, who is coming off of a four-win season. Central Michigan also returns its coordinators from the previous season. Jase Bauer has the chance to replace Daniel Richardson at quarterback. Marion Lukes is back at running back after 300 yards, 3 touchdowns. Jalaughy has 400 yards and two touchdowns. Michigan State is entering its fourth season under Mel Tucker. Michigan State returns the same coordinators as last year. Since 2005-06, Michigan State hasn’t lost a bowl in consecutive years. Noah Kim could replace Payton Thorne as the quarterback. Both teams look forward to opening their season with a victory. The NCAA betting odds are updated with the latest details of this exciting game.
Central Michigan Chippewas vs Michigan State Spartans 9/1/2023
|When:||Friday, September 1, 2023 7:00 PM ET|
|Chippewas||+14 (-110)||45 o (-110)||+500|
|Spartans||-14 (-110)||45 u (-110)||-650|
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⏲️ 7 p.m. ET
🏙️ East Lansing, Mich.
🏟️ Spartan Stadium
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Jim McElwain vs Mel Tucker
Kyle Moretti, who led Central Michigan in tackles with 92, returns to the defense. Michael Heldman has 2.5 sacks while Trey Jones has 2 interceptions. Central Michigan’s defense wasn’t very good a year ago. However, there are some players who have returned to the team. Central Michigan’s offense is a major concern with so many players leaving. Central Michigan will be a mid-road team in the MAC for this season.
Jalen Berker, Michigan State’s top rusher, returns with almost 700 yards and six touchdowns. Tre Mosley and Maliq Car are a receiving tandem that has combined for 500 yards and six touchdowns. Cal Haladay, who led Michigan State in tackles with 120, is back on defense. Jacoby Windmon, who had 5.5 sacks, and Charles Brantley, who had one interception, are also returning. Michigan State still has some work to do offensively, however, there is enough talent here to continue to be a force on defense. MSU’s offense has been a problem for some time, with Sparty not having a top-25 scoring attack since 2014. As of this writing, Purdue is the only team with worse odds than Indiana, Northwestern, and Northwestern to win the Big Ten.
Central Michigan still has much to learn defensively, and there are so many new faces in the offense. With so many questions, a trip to Spartan Stadium may not be the easiest opener. Michigan State has always been good on defense, and if they show any signs of improvement offensively then Sparty may be a factor again in the Big Ten. MSU should have no problems in this game. Central Michigan lacks the talent and the toughness necessary to intimidate the Spartans.
Central Michigan Chippewas will open their 2023 schedules at Spartan Stadium on Friday. East Lansing kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET.
CMU’s over/under total for wins is 5.5 games. In the preseason poll of head coaches, the Chippewas were selected to finish fourth out of the West division for the Mid-American Conference. They will also face New Hampshire, Notre Dame, and South Alabama. Central Michigan finished 4-8 last season, including 2-4 away from home.
MSU has a win total over/under of 5.5 matches. In the preseason poll, the Spartans were ranked fifth in the Big Ten East division. They will be playing Richmond and Washington for their non-conference games. Michigan State finished 5-7 last season, including 4-3 home.
Central Michigan is hoping to rebound in 2023 from a disappointing season of 4-8 last year. The Chippewas offense was unable to move the ball in the air (208.1 yards per game) and turned the ball too many times (-18 turnover ratio). They also failed to convert on third downs (35.2 conversion rate). It would be a stretch to expect the Chippewas offense to improve by week one, particularly after quarterback Daniel Richardson transferred from Florida Atlantic and Lew Nichols graduated.
This season, the Chips will either turn to sophomore QB Jase Bauer (with 435 passing yards, five INTs, and one TD) or to redshirt freshman Bert Emanuel Jr. Bauer is more experienced at throwing the ball, but Emanuel has played in four of the last five games. He was CMU’s leader in rushing yardage per carry (7.4), and rushing touchdowns (7). On November 9, he smashed the Buffalo defense with 293 rushing yards and three TDs. The Chippewas will focus on utilizing that dual-threat ability, especially after Nichols left and the lack of an established receiving threat.
NCAA Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans -15 — Over/Under: 52
Central Michigan’s defense has talent at all levels, but it will need to find playmakers who can create turnovers (4 INTs by 2023) and pressure as linebacker Thomas Incoom (11.5sacks) plays on Sundays. The junior LBs Kyle Moretti and Justin Whiteside will be relied upon to provide stability along with senior DTs Robbie Stuart (31 tackles), and Jacques Bristol (34) tackles. CMU’s experienced secondary is led by junior safety Trey Jones, sophomore nickel De’Javion Stepney (40 tackles), as well as junior cornerback Donte KENT (51 tackles).
Michigan State’s 2022 season was a setback, as they failed to maintain momentum after an 11-win campaign capped by a Peach Bowl victory. After the departure of Kenneth Walker III from Michigan State to join the NFL, QB Payton regressed (113.2 yards per game), and passed for fewer yards with eight fewer touchdowns. Thorne left for Auburn after Mel Tucker decided to hold an open competition for the QB position. This gave MSU a new face in 2023.
Tucker decided not to announce a QB starter for week 1, so we will have to wait until Friday night to see who is on the field in green and white. Redshirt junior Noah Kim was part of former HC Mark Dantonio’s final recruiting group. He is competing against redshirt freshman Katin Houser, a four-star recruit from California powerhouse St. John Bosco. Kim, who has four years of experience with the system, is a step ahead of Houser because he brings more game experience. He is the mobile QB, while Houser has the stronger arm.
Central Michigan Chippewas Betting Trends
Central Michigan are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Michigan’s last 5 games.
Central Michigan are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games.
Chippewas are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against Michigan State.
Central Michigan are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against Michigan State.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Central Michigan’s last 15 games on the road.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
Michigan State are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 5 games at home.
Michigan State is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Central Michigan.
Michigan State is 15-0 SU in their last 15 games against an opponent in the Mid-American conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan State’s last 6 games played in September.
Michigan State are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played on a Saturday when playing at home.
Central Michigan Chippewas vs Michigan State Spartans Betting Pick
The Spartans could have a very explosive ground game, with the return of Jalon Berger (who led the team in rushing yards (636), 4.6 yards per carry, and six touchdowns), as well as three new playmakers, Jaren Mangham from USF, Nathan Carter from UConn, and Jaelon Barbarin, a speedy freshman. The Spartans’ offensive line is replete with experienced seniors and two high-potential newcomers, Brandon Baldwin and Keyshawn Barbarin. MSU’s receiving group will still be impressive, even without Keon Coleman and Jayden Reed, because they have a good mix of athleticism, speed, and size. Watch out for tight-end Maliq Car, who will be on NFL radars if he has a breakout year.
Michigan State’s defensive unit benefits from the return to action of Khris Bogle, Aaron Brule (4 sacks), Jacoby Windmon (5 sacks), and Charles Brantley 48 tackles with 6 passes defended. Windmon can shift to linebacker, thanks to a bigger, deeper line.
Cal Haladay and Brule (120 tackles each) are two of the best run-stoppers MSU has, while Brule is a pass rusher who can be used in a variety of situations. The Spartans are a formidable team against the run, after adding Tunmise Adeleye from Texas A&M, Jaladay (Colorado), Jarrett Jackson, and Dre Butler from Liberty. It will be interesting to see if they can improve their pass defense. Last season, their linebackers were not very good at covering the pass. The defensive backs must be more consistent. Based on the recent college football betting trends, the