Michigan State vs. Michigan Odds: Point Spread, Total & Prediction

Ebony Scott
October 9, 2017

When Michigan made a decision to abandon sensible play-calling on Saturday night against Michigan State, it only reinforced what we'd been led to believe through the first four games of this season: that the Wolverines' offense truly is unimaginative, impotent and ineffective.

MSU coach Mark Dantonio has never lost two in a row to the Wolverines (4-1, 1-1).

MI has a great defense, but their quarterback play is going to hurt the Wolverines' chances.

Michigan State has already exceeded its win total from a year ago.

While Michigan's No. 1 ranked defense may have been the topic of discussion heading into the game, the Spartans were the ones who made the biggest waves. "And I know there is going to be more problems than there usually are for a night game".

The Big Ten East could be tied when the final week is in the books and the conference championship game is on the horizon.

With the huge victory, the Spartans could enter the AP top 25 and have a decent overall resume.

Penn State 31, Northwestern 7: Trace McSorley threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, Saquon Barkley ran for two scores in the second half, and Penn State beat Northwestern 31-7 on Saturday. A Hail Mary throw to the end zone fell incomplete.

"We'll evaluate, like we always do, after every game", Harbaugh said. "I was proud to be a part of it".

A big storyline leading up to this contest involves the starting quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines.

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"We knew they were going to take shots regardless of the weather and everything like that", Dowell said.

"I think as each game goes", he said, "I'm getting more comfortable just with everything".

It was the latest solid outing for a defense that has been good all year. Many expected Speight to progress, not regress this season. Instead, the sophomore dropped Michigan's chance at a almost inexplicable victory in a game they didn't deserve to win.

The defense, led by sophomore middle linebacker Joe Bachie and senior Chris Frey, was just that much better than Michigan's offense all game long. "My hats off to the guys on this defense". "We were trying to run the ball".

For a Michigan State team that surely didn't receive enough credit in this article, a coveted win over its in-state rival could be the springboard to a better-than-expected season.

PLANNING A PAYBACK: Michigan won last year's matchup 32-23, ending a three-game losing streak in the series. In between, it yelled, cheered, and writhed in pain as MI failed again and again to move the ball, until it simply ran out of time. I took some pretty good shots today, too.

Safety Andrew Dowell, who had two interceptions, said it was a dream-big moment, the kind Dantonio tells his players to believe in.

Khalid Hill's 1-yard scoring run with 8:09 left in the third pulled MI within 14-10. He finished with 75 yards rushing after being held to minus-1 in the first half. He threw a 10-yard touchdown to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens in the second quarter and added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth.

It was probably a big upset, as has now happened seven times since 1990. "Come Monday, it's back to work. Madre had some really nice plays".

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