Michigan will beat Michigan State and other tall tales

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans - Saturday, October 29th at Spartan Stadium

The Michigan Wolverines are the favorites of people betting on college football to win the Paul Bunyan trophy against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, October 29th at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. The following are the NCAA football betting odds for that game:

Michigan -21½ (-110) -1600
Michigan State +21½ (-110) +1050

The Wolverines blew out the Illinois Fighting Illini 41-8 this Saturday. Wilson Speight finished 16 of 23 for 253 yards with two TD passes and no interceptions in three quarters. Speight spent the bye week studying himself. They do say that learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all. Michigan was ahead by 34 points when head coach Jim Harbaugh sent backup QB John O’Korn into the gridiron. You know what? Jim crack korn and I don’t care. For the first time this season, the Wolverines took it easy on the overkill department and did not continue scoring at leisure after having built up a substantial lead at halftime. They forgot sensei John Kreese’s most important teaching: We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

The Spartans have lost five straight games, most recently a 17-28 loss at the hands of the Maryland Terrapins. Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke started for the second consecutive time and threw 11 of 24 for 156 yards with no scores and one interception. Michigan State pulled to within 8-7 on a 48-yard TD run by running back L.J. Scott with 9:42 remaining in the second quarter. The Spartans took their first lead, 17-14 on a 34-yard field goal by Michael Geiger with 1:35 to play in the third quarter. However, Maryland QB Perry Hills responded in kind each time.

The Wolverines ousted Ohio State from the No. 2 spot and are the favorite of people betting on college this Saturday. Moreover, Michigan leads the East Division as the Big Ten’s only undefeated team (7-0). As far as most football betting sites go, this one is going to be another lopsided affair for the Wolverines. This in spite of the fact that the Spartans have dominated the rivalry in the past decade, winning 7 of the last 10 meetings, including the previous three. The ending of last year’s encounter was as dramatic as they come. A potential game-winning punt at the end of the game was muffed by Blake O’Neill and accidentally thrown into the hands of Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson, who ran all the way to the end zone as the clock expired.

However, while both teams were darlings of fans betting on college football a year ago, this season they are at very different places. The Spartans are at arguable the darkest stretch in head coach Mark Dantonio’s ten-year tenure. And the Wolverines, on the other hand, have Speight and Jabrill Peppers. Need we say more? Did not think so. It’s high time the U-M snaps that three-year losing streak.