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How and what to watch for Michigan State vs. No. 13 Michigan

These look like two teams going in very different directions

Roman Wilson of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ball past Jordan Howden of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the third quarter of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Wolverines defeated the Gophers 49-24. Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The 0-1 Michigan State Spartans go into the Big House this week to take on the No. 13 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, MI.

Nobody expected the Spartans to be that good this year, but what they did in Week 1 was stunning. They got totally dominated by a Rutgers Scarlet Knights team that hasn’t been good in years. First year head coach Mel tucker has a steep hill to climb, and it won’t get any easier this week. The MSU defense gave up 38 points to Rutgers (again, RUTGERS), and the offense couldn’t do anything on the ground, adding just 50 yards. The Spartans also had seven turnovers, five of which were fumbles. That can’t happen against any team, let alone a top 15 unit like they take on this week.

The Wolverines, led by quarterback Joe Milton, put up 49 points on a solid Minnesota Golden Gophers team last week. Michigan got close to 500 yards of total offense too, running for 256 yards and passing for 225. The defense only gave up 24 points as well to Tanner Morgan and the Gophers in the prime time game. This might be the most complete UM team under Jim Harbaugh.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Michigan State vs. No. 13 Michigan on Saturday, October 31st at 12:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Michigan State vs Michigan (-21.5)
Point Total: 51
Money line: MSU (+900), Michigan (-2000)

  • Michigan State is 2-8 ATS in its last 10
  • The total has gone under in 14 of MSU’s last 20
  • Michigan is 6-2 ATS in its last eight
  • The total has gone over in 11 of Michigan’s last 16 games.

The Best Bet

This game could get real ugly real fast. Michigan should beat the Spartans by a lot, and they may even hit the over by themselves. It’s a full rebuild in East Lansing for Tucker, and Harbaugh just has too many weapons as of now.

Pick: Over 52

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