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Michigan State Spartans 2021 Season
Current head coach Mel Tucker took over the Spartans program in 2020 from former HC Mark Dantonio and had the tough task of following arguably the most successful coach in school history. The 2-5 record and last-place finish in the Big Ten's East Division last season wasn’t a great start, but these things can take time.
Oddsmakers don’t think that time is now, however. The Spartans are set at 50-to-1 odds to win the conference in 2021, but perhaps Tucker’s first full season at the helm can best their expectations.
On this page, you'll find all of the Spartans' odds, results, against-the-spread (ATS) performance, upcoming schedule, depth charts and more.
Betting on Michigan State
Michigan State Spread
The Spartans didn’t get much love from sportsbooks in 2020, being favored only once against the spread in seven games. Spread bets are wagers on how much a team will win or lose a game by; teams expected to win are known as favorites (minus odds) and teams expected to lose are called underdogs (plus odds). Here’s an example:
- Michigan State +13.5 (-110)
- Michigan -13.5 (-110)
If the Spartans lose, 28-17, they cover the spread by losing by fewer than 13.5 points, which is the number oddsmakers set. They also cover if they win the game outright. Michigan would need a win by 14 or more to cover its side.
Michigan State Over/Unders
Betting on Spartans overs was a better way to make money in 2020, as their last-placed defense allowing 35.1 points per game led to overs winning five of their seven games. Since over/unders are bets on how many points are scored between both teams in a game, a bad defense is just as helpful as a good offense for over bets.
If you bet over 51 for the MSU vs. Ohio State game, for example, and the Spartans lost, 48-13, the 61 points scored means that your bet won. For under 51 bettors, the teams needed to combine for 50 or fewer, while a scoring output of exactly 51 would be a tie for both sides of the bet.
Michigan State Moneylines
With their atrocious record in 2020, it seems that betting on Spartans' moneylines is a bad idea. However, moneylines — bets on the outright winner of a game — have varied payouts depending on how likely or unlikely a win is for each team.
For example, MSU was a +1040 underdog vs. in-state rival Michigan last year, which means a $100 bet paid off a profit of $1,040 with the win. If the Spartans were -1040 favorites somehow, you would need to bet $1,040 to win $100 on the game.
Michigan State Props
Player props are a fun way to bet on the Spartans that don't rely on them winning the game. These bets are just made on an individual player’s performance for the night, usually in a single statistical category.
Some Spartans props you could bet on in 2021 include QB Payton Thorne's passing yards, RB Kenneth Walker III's rushing touchdowns, or WR Jayden Reed receptions.
Michigan State Futures
If you’re a diehard Michigan State fan and want to have some skin in every game, you could make some bets on Spartans' futures.
Futures are bets on the outcome of the entire season. Some examples for 2021 include over/under on the Spartans' win total, odds to win the Big Ten, and players to lead the nation in certain statistics, among others.