|2012 Big Ten College Football Week 8 Odds: Michigan State vs. Michigan|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:30|
Michigan St. vs. Michigan Odds
Michigan is 4-2 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten and 3-0 at home. Michigan State is 4-3 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten and 2-0 on the road. The Wolverines are 3-3 against the spread this year while the Spartans are just 1-6 ATS. MSU has won four straight in this series, but the Spartans have never beaten Michigan five-straight times in program history.
Trends show that Michigan State is 5-1 against the spread in its last 6 road games but 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss. Michigan is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 home games but just 9-24 ATS in their last 33 conference contests.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Michigan is the favorite at home in this game, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -10 points against Michigan State. The over/under total for this game has been set at 43 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Michigan as a 10.5-point favorite. The spread never got higher than that and it dipped to 9.5 points during the week before closing at Michigan -10.
Michigan is coming off a 45-0 win over Illinois last week. The Wolverines have not allowed more than 13 points in their last four games and have scored 44 points or more in three of their last four. On the year, Michigan is averaging 33.8 points per game on offense while allowing just 17.5 points per game on defense. Quarterback Denard Robinson is leading the team this year, as he has 1,101 passing yards with nine touchdowns while also rushing for 804 yards and six scores.
Michigan State is coming off a 19-16 double-overtime loss to Iowa last week at home. The Spartans have had their last two losses come by a combined four points. The Spartan defense has been strong all season, allowing only 15.7 points per game. However, the issue is the offense, which is 104th in scoring at just 21 points per game. MSU is being led by running back Le’Veon Bell, who has rushed for 916 yards and eight touchdowns this year, but is averaging just 4.6 yards per carry.
In terms of Injuries, MSU tight end Dion Sims is questionable to play due to an ankle injury while fullback Lawrence Thomas is questionable due to a concussion. Michigan running back Vincent Smith is questionable with a hamstring injury while tight end Brandon Moore is questionable with a knee injury.
The Public Bets for this game are backing Michigan State. The Spartans are getting 68% of the wagers with odds of +10 points at Michigan on Saturday.