Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Wolverines College Football Betting Preview

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Two Big Ten teams with drastically different results in their season openers now head straight into a rivalry game as Michigan State (0-1) travels to face No. 13 Michigan (1-0) on Saturday. The battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy kicks off at Noon ET on Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and will be televised on FOX.

Michigan leads the series 71-36-5, but the Spartans have won eight of the last 12 meetings. Michigan won last year 44-10 at home and also won 21-7 in East Lansing in 2018.

Michigan State’s won two in a row in Ann Arbor in 2015 and 2017 and is 4-2 in its last six as the road team.

Michigan State Spartans Betting Outlook: Protect The Ball

In betting with us at www.RealBookies.com , you’ve gone 0-1 with the Spartans ATS, and the over is 1-0. Michigan State was favored by 9.5 points at home last week and had a horrible 11-point loss to Rutgers. They were outgunned by Rutgers 326-276, allowing 197 passing yards and racking up just 106 rushing yards.

The Spartans turned the ball over seven times in the loss with five fumbles and two interceptions. Two turnovers led directly to Rutgers touchdowns, and the Spartans were intercepted on the final drive of the game.

Quarterback Rocky Lombardi completed 31-of-43 passes against Rutgers for 319 yards. He threw three touchdown passes, two in the second half, but he was also picked off twice and fumbled twice.

The run game was limited to 106 yards on 39 attempts. Running back Jordon Simmons had 43 yards on 14 carries, while Connor Heyward had 18 yards on seven carries. Elijah Collins was held to just three yards on nine carries.

Wide receiver Jayden Reed had a big game against Rutgers with 11 catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Jalen Nailor also had a touchdown while catching six passes for 85 yards. Tight end Matt Dotson and Heyward both had five catches, combining for 75 yards.

Michigan Wolverines Betting Outlook: Go With Milton

Betting with us at www.RealBookies.com , Michigan is 1-0 ATS this season with the over at 1-0. The Wolverines went on the road and blasted then-No. 21 Minnesota 49-24 Saturday with 481 total yards. The Wolverines threw for 225, ran for 226, punted just one time and forced two Minnesota turnovers.

Quarterback Joe Milton threw his hat into the Heisman ring (+3000) by throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown, completing 15-of-22 passes. He also ran for 52 yards and added another touchdown on the ground.

Michigan ran for more than seven yards per carry and scored four touchdowns with the rushing attack. Running back Hassan Haskins led the way with 82 yards on six carries and two scores. Running back Zach Charbonnet had one touchdown with 70 yards while Chris Evans added the final score.

Michigan had nine pass catchers against Minnesota, led by wide receiver Ronnie Bell with four catches for 74 yards. Ben Mason’s only catch went for a touchdown, while Giles Jackson, Roman Wilson and Erick Ali each had two receptions.

Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Wolverines College Football Betting Line

Head to our top pay per head bookie site at RealBookies.com , where Michigan is favored by 24.5 points at home. The total is 54 points, and Michigan State is a +1200 underdog on the moneyline.

Betting Analysis

The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in the last six games against Michigan and 10-2 ATS in the last 12 years in this rivalry. Michigan State is 0-6 as an underdog in its last six, and the Wolverines are 5-0 in their last five as a favorite according to the top handicapper site Gameadvisers.

A big spread in a rivalry game is always tricky, even more so in this weird season. Look at the points instead.

Realbookies.com Free Pick: Over 54 points (-110)