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Michigan vs Michigan State Game Preview

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Michigan Football takes on Michigan State in the biggest game of the season thus far on Saturday. Here’s a look at the game preview, some odds and a forecast for the future.

It was difficult not to anticipate the Michigan Wolverines’ match-up with Michigan State this week. We’re all aware of the stakes.

Of course, it will be significant in the Big Ten race, as both teams are unbeaten overall and in the Big Ten East, which includes Ohio State. Penn State is currently two games down in the Big Ten, but College Gameday is still up for grabs.

In any case, this is about more than just the rankings. It is arguably the greatest rivalry in College Football, but we would say that being from Michigan!

The Wolverines were re-established as a force under Jim Harbaugh. But now that Mel Tucker is 1-0 against Harbaugh and has transformed the Spartans into one of the Big Ten contenders, the title is up for grabs once more.

It’s awful to be 0-5 versus Ohio State. Even with a 7-0 start, Harbaugh doesn’t want to go 0-2 against Mel Tucker because that will drive the fans into a frenzy.

Here’s a look at the odds and a prediction for Michigan vs. Michigan State football.

Michigan Football Face Michigan State: Predictions Week 9

The bookmakers love the Wolverines, and they’ve gone 6-1 against the spread this season. However, the Wolverines were just a three-point favorite against Nebraska, so a five-point favorite is a bit unusual.

This season, Michigan has been consistent. In seven games, it has only trailed once (at Nebraska) and has road victories in Lincoln and Madison.

The Wolverines’ biggest worry is if Cade can perform enough to win the game when necessary. At Wisconsin, he accomplished just that, passing over 200 yards and two touchdowns while the Badgers’ run defense made Michigan’s life difficult.

Cade also passed for over 200 yards against Nebraska, and if Roman is fit to play, that will be great for stretching the field and creating separation chances on the outside.

The Spartans have given up 286 yards per game via the air, so if Michigan can run the ball (it leads the Big Ten in rushing yards), they should be able to throw the ball as well.

We’re going for a Wolverines win, courtesy of a late Jake Moody field goal. Our score prediction is 27-20 for Michigan.

Michigan vs. Michigan State Odds Pick

These clubs’ offensive tempo also inclines themselves to an under. Michigan State is averaging 65 plays per game, which ranks them 100th in the FBS. Michigan is in 52nd place with a score of 70. Neither team appears to be in a hurry, and I believe the total should be in the high 40s. 

It would be impolite not to press the under as long as it is over that range.

Michigan is a five-point favorite on the road in Week 9 of the college football season, according to the odds. The over/under for this game has been set at 50.5 points.

  • Michigan State 20, Michigan 30
  • Line: Michigan -4.5
  • over/under: 50.5
  • 3.5 out of 5 ATS confidence
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Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Game Preview

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Wolverines vs Buckeyes Game Preview

Last weekend, the Big Ten saw a major shake-up as the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines defeated the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes for the first time since 2011. The Buckeyes controlled the game for a long time, but couldn’t secure the win to top the Big Ten East.

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan Wolverines will meet at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend. Jim Harbaugh has finally taken his team to the promised land, and the College Football Playoff is now only one win away. It would be their first conference title since 1997, and it would turn Harbaugh’s Michigan coaching career around in a single game.

The Wolverines will face a suffocating Hawkeye defense, which is sixth in yards per play and eighth in turnover margin (1.08 per game). It’ll be intriguing to watch how they do against Michigan’s tenth-ranked scoring offense, which averages 451.2 yards per game.

Betting Trends for Michigan vs. Iowa

  • In their previous eight games, the Wolverines have gone 7-1 against the spread (ATS).
  • For 12 games, the Wolverines have gone 11-1 straight up (SU).
  • In their previous nine games against the Hawkeyes, the Wolverines are 6-3 ATS.
  • In their previous five games versus the West Division, the Wolverines are 4-1 ATS.
  • For their previous 18 games, the Hawkeyes are 12-6 against the spread.
  • In the past five meetings between these two clubs, the UNDER is 4-1.
  • In their previous five games versus the East Division, the Hawkeyes are 5-0 ATS.

Prediction and Pick for Michigan vs. Iowa

Michigan was consistently underestimated by the bookmakers throughout the season but finished up leading the country with a 10-2 ATS record.

The offense is one of the most effective in the league, scoring all of those points and gaining all of those yards while mostly rushing the ball. Hassan Haskins is the centerpiece of this rushing assault, but Blake Corum’s efforts cannot be overlooked. They’re the essence of a one-two punch, and teams have struggled to deal with them.

Even though the Hawkeyes made it to the show, they are the weaker team here. On offense, they struggle to move the ball and average fewer than 300 yards each game. In terms of yards per game, they are outside the Top-120, while their 25.7 points per game rank them 81st. Iowa’s defense is the name of the game, as they rank in the Top-10 in opponent points per game (17.3), yards per game (315.8), and points per play (17.3). (0.240).

So, while Michigan has a huge lead on offense, their defense is on par with, if not better than, Iowa’s. We believe Michigan and Harbaugh have waited much too long for this opportunity to squander it. We’re betting they’ll run all over the Hawkeyes, cover, and punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff.

  • Michigan Wolverines are a -11.0 favorite (-110)

Spread and Over/Under for Michigan vs. Iowa

  • Michigan has a -11.0 point spread (-110), +11.0 for Iowa (-110)
  • Michigan is a -440 favourite, while Iowa is a +350 favourite.
  • Total: 44.0 (Under -110) (Over -110)
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Michigan football vs. Ohio State Game Preview

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Michigan football vs Ohio State Game Preview

It’s Michigan Week! This year, “The Game” means a bit more since Ohio State and the Wolverines will be competing for a Big Ten Championship and a possible College Football Playoff.

We want it to be scarlet and grey vs. maize and blue for all the conference marbles. In the 122-year history of the Big Ten, the two teams have won 76 Big Ten championships. While there is still one more step after this game, it simply feels fitting that the division title be decided by this game.

Ohio State’s winning strategy

Ohio State appears to be firing on all cylinders right now. There is plenty of reason to be optimistic after last week’s humiliation of Michigan State. When a defense limits a Heisman Trophy candidate running back to 25 yards rushing, there’s cause to be happy.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolverines’ defense will be the best they’ve encountered all year, allowing fewer than 300 yards per game. I’m also confident that Michigan hasn’t encountered an offensive with this much firepower, as Ohio has the nation’s best offense.

Aiden Hutchinson and David Ojabo, both sack experts, will have to be tracked down. Ojabo has ten sacks this season, while Hutchinson has 9.5. The offensive line must keep C.J. Stroud’s jersey clean and allow him time to target his exceptional receivers if Ryan Day expects to continue attacking through the air.

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And against a Michigan team that focuses on the run, Ohio State will need a similar effort. The Wolverines enter the contest as the conference’s No. 2 running team, averaging close to 220 yards per game. Hassan Haskins has rushed for 1,000 yards and is the thunder to Blake Corum’s lightning.

It’s unclear if Corum will participate in Saturday’s game. If he does, however, he’s the type of back who can cause problems for Ohio State. Since November 6, when the team played Indiana, the running back has been sidelined with an injury.

When it comes to the Ohio State attack vs. Michigan defense, it may be a case of irresistible force vs. immovable object.

The Prognosis and the Result

With both teams likely to be in the top five and the Big Ten East on the line, it doesn’t get much bigger than Ohio State vs Michigan Football. If you win, you’ll be in contention for conference and national titles. If you lose, you’ll have to listen to your opponent brag for the next 365 days.

Michigan hasn’t had that luxury in a long time… At the time of writing, it has been 3,648 days. Is this the year Jim Harbaugh finally gets rid of the scarlet and grey monkey from his back? After this weekend, might Michigan be in the driver’s seat for a playoff? There’s always a possibility that Michigan will win this rivalry again, but we don’t think it will be this year.

Whatever you do, don’t miss this thrilling match!

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Michigan State Spartans vs. Penn State Game Preview

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MSU vs Penn Sate Game Preview

Penn State Football has performed to the level of its competitors for much of the season. This has resulted in an unusual defeat to Illinois and tight games against top-10 ranked Ohio State and MSU’s nearest rivals, Michigan Football.

The Nittany Lions face a top-15 rated Spartans squad in the season finale, who are coming off their worst loss of the season. That 56-7 thrashing by the Buckeyes where they never had a chance.

Following a strong performance against Rutgers, Penn State freshman Christian Veilleux might be rushed into his first career start. Playing Veilleux over Sean Clifford at this point in the season may be best for the program and Clifford, and it may just help the Nittany Lions capitalize on their chances.

Team News, Lions: 

First and foremost, Penn State players must regain their full health. Due to flu-like symptoms, 21 players missed the Rutgers game, and the offensive line was down four starters at one point. In addition, quarterback Sean Clifford’s condition has been called into question once again. Now it’s time to applaud Penn State’s defense. Even though Rutgers didn’t bring much offense to Beaver Stadium, Penn State was still dominant.

Rutgers drove into Penn State territory on one of its 14 possessions, reaching the red zone in the third quarter. Jaquan Brisker and Arnold Ebiketie teamed up to force Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral into a sack-fumble. Rutgers recovered but subsequently turned over possession in plenty.

Penn State’s 14th red-zone stop of the season (in 37 drives) is a remarkable accomplishment. Especially for a defense that ranks second in the country in allowing the fewest touchdowns. Brisker, Ebiketie, tackle Derrick Tangelo, linebacker Ellis Brooks, and corner-back Joey Porter Jr. have all been outstanding this season. Jordan Stout, the punter, deserves credit for trapping Rutgers within the 20-yard line on six of his eight punts.

Spartans News

After a lackluster performance against the Buckeyes, Michigan State is physically and psychologically exhausted. Ohio State led 49-0 at half-time and went on to win by 49 points while accumulating 655 yards of offense.

Jalen Nailor, left tackle Jarrett Horst, defensive tackle Simeon Barrow, and cornerback Charles Brantley were all inactive for the Spartans. Kenneth Walker III, the Big Ten’s leading rusher, and Jayden Reed, the team’s leading receiver, were both injured during the game.

Spartans coach Mel Tucker, like Penn State’s James Franklin, does not discuss injuries publicly. So, there will be few updates until Saturday. 

Michigan State’s pass defense, on the other hand, has been obvious. The Spartans allow the most completions (341), total passing yards (3,739), and yards per game (339.9) of any of the 130 FBS teams. The number of completions is incredible, with 70 more than Hawaii, which ranks 129th with just 271 completions permitted. Penn State will almost certainly throw across Spartan Stadium, whether Clifford or Christian Veilleux start at quarterback.

Odds And Predictions

  • Penn State is favored by a score of -1.
  • 53.5 in total
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