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Michigan vs. Michigan State Betting Picks

We’ve got a great college football betting matchup upon us this weekend. We’ve already seen our fair share of riveting rivalries play out this season and the next one will undoubtedly be this Saturday’s Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans matchup. After all, this will pit the No. 6 program in the nation against No. 24 in an intriguing intrastate rivalry. So, what kind of turnout are the legal betting odds predicting? Let’s take a quick gander at the betting lines to find out.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans – Saturday, Oct. 20th  

When: 1:00 pm ET

Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go

College Football Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Michigan -7½ (+110) 41½ (-110)   -280
Michigan State +7½ (-130) 41½ (-110) +240
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Michigan Wolverines   

The Wolverines step into this weekend’s action sporting a 6-1 record that ties them for the lead in the Big Ten East alongside the Buckeyes. Both Ohio State and Michigan are undefeated in conference play and it will be interesting to see how this pans out down the road. As for this weekend’s matchup, the Wolverines bring enough momentum to be an absolute favorite over the Spartans. Despite kicking the season off with a 24-17 loss to No. 12 Notre Dame, Michigan bounced bag bigly by winning their last 6 matchups back-to-back. Most surprising of which was this past weekend’s 38-13 triumph over No. 15 Wisconsin. With that victory, Michigan proved that they are capable of going toe-to-toe against the top teams in the country. Considering Michigan State has already lost two games to unranked opponents this season, it’s pretty clear that the Spartans will be coming out on the losing end of things this weekend.

Players to Watch: Shea Patterson (1,311 passing yards, 10 TD, 3 INT), Karan Higdon (687 rushing yards, 6 TD, 5.7 AVG), and Zach Gentry (311 receiving yards, 1 TD, 21 REC).

Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans enter this weekend’s action sporting a 4-2 record that pegs them as the 3rd best team in the East division of the conference. So far this season, the Spartans have posted a decent 4-2 in conference play. However, since their two losses came against unranked Arizona State 16-13 and unranked Northwestern 27-17, it’s safe to say that the Spartans have already lost too much ground in the divisional race. Furthermore, another loss would certainly knock Michigan State out of the nation’s Top 25. Having said that, does this mean this weekend’s matchup is a must-win for Michigan State? Well if they want to qualify for a high profile Bowl Game at the end of the season it just might be.

Players to Watch: Brian Lewerke (1,587 passing yards, 8 TD, 7 INT), Connor Heyward (191 rushing yards, 3 TD, 3.8 AVG), and Felton Davis III (474 receiving yards, 4 TD, 31 REC).

Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
  • Michigan is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan State
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 6 of Michigan’s last 9 games when playing Michigan State
  • Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Michigan
  • Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Michigan
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 5 games at home
Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans Betting Picks

So which side should cell phone betting fans take in this Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans matchup? All in all Michigan is the best bet here. They’ve been pretty flawless since losing their season opener and should be able to handle Michigan State on the road. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 27-24 Michigan.

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