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Michigan State 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +4500
- To win the Big Ten: +900
- To win the Big Ten East: +530
- Win Total: 9 (over +105, under -125)
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Michigan State 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 9.5
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Michigan State +3.5 vs. Michigan
This Game of the Year was released at Michigan State +5 and has been bet down across the board.
Coach Mark Dantonio circles this game every year, and 2018’s meeting should have more meaning after last year’s Outback Bowl snub. The two head coaches have a healthy rivalry, after all.
This feud continues to be one of the most entertaining in football, but that might be because of the Michigan State moneyline bet I had in 2015.
As I’ve mentioned, teams are 40% against the spread in the past 11 years in games after playing Wisconsin. Michigan faces Wisconsin on Oct. 13 and then travels to East Lansing on Oct. 20. My power rankings say this game should have Michigan as a small favorite, but the situation spot is too good for a Michigan State squad that ranks first overall in returning production.
What else you need to know about Michigan State
Consider adding Michigan State to not make a New Year’s Six bowl at -175 as an investment in your betting portfolio. I was extremely high on Michigan State before the Big Ten schedule was released. Not only are the Spartans the most experienced team in the nation, but they had the fourth-ranked S&P+ Defense in 2017.
But Michigan State’s bye week comes in mid-September and not in October (mid-terms) or November when players are injured. Also, Penn State hosts Michigan State the week before Sparty’s rivalry spot with Michigan. I would not be surprised to see the Spartans mail it in at State College (plus, Penn State will be looking to avenge last season’s loss).
Lastly, the cross-division game with Nebraska comes straight after Ohio State. Scott Frost will know his team’s identity by Thanksgiving and can catch Michigan State in a hangover spot.