Michigan vs. Michigan State Odds: 83% of Bets on Underdog Spartans to Win

Michigan vs. Michigan state odds, game preview and betting data. Oddsmakers favor the Wolverines to win on Saturday, but bettors are backing Michigan State
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Thu, October 28, 6:01 AM EDT | 4 min read
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Michigan vs. Michigan State Odds: 83% of Bets on Underdog Spartans to Win

Michigan vs. Michigan State odds have gotten a lot of attention this week. Michigan vs. Michigan State is one of the fiercest rivalries in college football, producing some of the best moments on the field in recent memory. This week, when No. 6 Michigan travels to East Lansing to take on No. 8 Michigan State, there’s going to be a little more than usual on the line.

That’s because, for the first time since 1964, both the Wolverines and the Spartans are ranked inside the top-10. Both Michigan and Michigan State are in the middle of great seasons. Both are unbeaten and looking for a Big-10 title and/or a CFP berth. So, when they say it means more this year, you can understand why.

But, what do the Michigan vs. Michigan State odds say about this year’s game? Well they clearly favor Michigan to win, but that hasn’t stopped the betting public from pilling in and betting heavily on Michigan State.

Michigan vs. Michigan State

Date: Sunday, October 30

Time: 12:00 PM ET

Location: Spartan Stadium (East Lansing, MI)

How to watch: FOX

#6 Michigan Record: 7-0 (4-0 Big 10)

#8 Michigan State Record: 7-0 (4-0 Big 10)

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Michigan vs. Michigan State Preview

We know that Michigan vs. Michigan State odds favor the Wolverines, but oddsmakers have been wrong before. How does each team match up on the field?

Well, if you like running the ball then I have some good news for you. This year’s iteration of Michigan vs. Michigan State features two teams that love to pound the rock. No, really. We may set some records for rush attempts.

The Michigan rushing attack is much more balanced than that of Michigan State. Blake Corum leads the way for the Wolverines on the ground with 729 yards on 116 carries. Hassan Haskins is right behind him, rushing for 602 yards on 124 attempts. It’s a true two-headed monster in the Michigan backfield, and they’ce used that monster to beat teams into submission so far this season.

Just last week, they were up 10-7 on a bad Northwestern team at halftime. They kept pounding the rock and eventually wore them down on the way to a 33-7 win.

Starting QB Cade McNamara actually throws the ball a decent amount, but he NEVER stretches the field.

For Michigan State, they also love to run the ball, but their rushing attack is led by one central figure, Kenneth Walker III.

Walker’s 997 yards rushing this season are second in the country. He’s done that on just 152 carries and reached the end zone nine times. On multiple occasions, like against Rutgers and Northwestern, he’s completely taken over the game and not allowed the opposing defense to even come up for air.

Michigan State QB Payton Thorne has shown the ability to stretch the field, unlike McNamara. So, if we were going to see one of these teams take a deep shot, Michigan State is the likely party.

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Michigan vs. Michigan State Odds

The latest Michigan vs. Michigan State odds will probably look different by the time the game kicks offs. As a matter of fact, the spread has already moved a full point this week. Michigan opened as a 3.5-point favorite and is now out to a 4.5-point favorite.

As for the moneyline, Michiiigan vs. Michigan State odds have some good value if you’re rooting   for Sparty.

Right now, Michigan is -190 on the moneyline, implying a 65.5% chance they win. For Michigan State, their +160 odds have an implied probability of 38.5%.

Michigan vs. Michigan State odds

Michigan vs. Michigan State Betting

Even though those Michigan vs. Michigan State odds heavily favor Michigan to win. The Michigan vs. Michigan State betting is clearly on the side of the Spartans.

According to our friends at BetMGM, 70% of the point spread tickets for this game are backing Michigan State to cover. And, even more shockingly, only 17% of the moneyline bets placed on Michigan vs. Michigan State odds have backed the Wolverines.

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