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Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans
College Football Week 8: Saturday, October 20th 2018 12:00 PM EST TIME
The Michigan Wolverines are looking to keep their winning streak alive as they take on Michigan State in one of the nation’s top rivalries. The Wolverines look to knock off the Spartans and silence the home crowd.
Ready For Big Win
The Michigan Wolverines are ready to take their talent on the road again as they are looking for the second road win of the season. The Wolverines are looking to keep their winning streak alive, as ever since their home opener loss against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they have been one of the most impossible teams to stop. Even when a rank team comes up on the schedule, the Wolverines have easily taken care of them including the Wisconsin Badgers and possible Michigan State on Saturday. With Michigan, they love to get the ground game going as they have one of the best averages per carry in college football at the moment.
U-M held Wisconsin to just 2-of-11 (18.2%) on third-down conversions.
The Wolverines’ defense averaged 34.1% on third-down conversions allowed entering tonight’s game.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 14, 2018
Speaking of the ground game, let’s talk about it. The Wolverines ground game is well above average as they are averaging at least 217 yards per game as they look to continue that. Their main back Karan Higdon has a total of 687 rushing yards on the season with six touchdowns. However the biggest reason why the Wolverines are unstoppable right now is due to their defense. They are only allowing an average of 15.4 points per game with holding opponents to less than 30% on 3rd down completions. Watch out Spartans..
Ready For History
Even though the Michigan Wolverines have one of the best teams in college football at the moment, do not count out the Michigan State Spartans. They come into this game looking to create history as they could have back to back wins against ranked opponents for the first time in three years. This will be the third game in a row they are taking on a ranked opponent as these are the following results of those games. In the first game, they fell to the Northwestern Wildcats in the final seconds as that heart broken loss drove them to host the Penn State Nittany Lions as they took over the game with their the pass defense. The Spartans would end up winning that game by the final score of 21-17.
— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) October 14, 2018
Coming into this game, the Spartans have won seven of the past eight homes games, but they do struggle big time in one offensive category. That would be their quarterback position as QB Brian Lewerke has been sub average halfway through the season. He is only completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,500 yards along with eight touchdowns but seven interceptions on the year. With the Michigan Wolverines excelling well in the passing game, expect them to attack the weak-side of the Spartans all game long.
- Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
- Spartans are 11-29 ATS in their last 40 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
- Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is one of the toughest games to follow in bets, as both teams have the potential to take home the money. However there is a key stat I’m going to lean with. The Wolverines have covered six of their last nine games when favored by at least five points, and have proved they are getting better especially on the defensive side. I do not expect the Spartans to have that much momentum at all on this special defense.
Prediction: MICHIGAN -7.0
Full-Game Total Pick
The Spartans love these rival games and will keep it close. One of those ways they keep it close is with turnovers that they might get a few off. Looking at this Total selection, the over is 6-0 in Spartans last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game and is 4-0 in Spartans last 4 home games. Take the Over in this huge rival game.