Michigan vs Michigan State – Picks and Predictions

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Michigan vs Michigan State – Picks and Predictions

Author: Andy Hammel | Publish Date: October 18, 2023 | Last Updated: October 20, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI

The annual battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy arrives this weekend, with the #2 Michigan Wolverines (7-0) traveling to take on the Michigan State Spartans (2-4). Odds for the game will be available on all betting apps, with a range of money lines, spreads, and totals.

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Head-to-Head: Michigan vs Michigan State

Historically, the Paul Bunyan trophy has been tightly contested between these schools. The Spartans have won 6 of their last 10 meetings with the Wolverines, but the Wolverines have taken 4 of the most recent 7.

Granted, it’s hard to look at the on-field products of each team in the 2023 season and think this game will be similarly contested. Michigan is undefeated and trails only Georgia – winners of the last two College Football Playoff Championships – in the AP Top 25. They rank at the top of college football with only 6.7 points allowed per game on defense, and their 233.1 yards per game trails only Penn State. The Wolverine’s closest game thus far has been a 31-7 victory over Rutgers.

Michigan State is coming off a 24-27 loss to Rutgers, their fourth consecutive loss of the season and their third straight loss against a conference opponent. The Spartans have offered football fans little to celebrate since the suspension (and subsequent firing) of head coach Mel Tucker after their 2-0 start. They’ve narrowed the scoring margin in each of their last four losses, but it’d be a surprise if interim coach Harlon Barnett and the team made this game competitive.

How to Bet on Michigan vs Michigan State

Betting odds for the game between Michigan and Michigan State will be available on all betting sites – make sure to browse your available options to find the bets you want to make at the best odds. You can also claim sportsbook promos all season long.

Additionally, be sure to keep up with any injury news ahead of the game, and try to know where each team stands regarding player availability before finalizing any relevant bets. The odds aren’t likely to move much in a game like this, but player availability can certainly swing any chance of an upset and remains relevant to more specific prop bets.

Michigan vs Michigan State Odds

  • Money Line: MICH -3500, MSU +1280
  • Spread: MICH -24.5
  • Total: o/u 47.5

Betting Tips for Michigan vs Michigan State

  • MICH is 7-0 in the 2023 season.
  • MICH is 3-0 ATS in their last 3 games.
  • The Over is 3-0 in Michigan’s last three games.
  • MSU is 0-4 in their last four games.
  • MICH is 4-3 against MSU in their last seven meetings.

Michigan vs Michigan State Predictions

Barring something unforeseen happening, Michigan will win this game without much suspense. They’re a juggernaut team in this year’s college football landscape, and Michigan State hasn’t looked nearly good enough to keep things interesting since Tucker’s inglorious departure from the team. Michigan’s closest game thus far was decided by 24 points and they’ve scored 52 points in each of their last two outings – they could easily cover the spread, and eclipsing the point total on their own is in play.

Prediction: Michigan -24.5

Andy Hammel

Andy is our resident NFL expert, but his knowledge extends to all corners of the sports betting industry. Andy is always tracking betting trends and keeping you up to date on all the relevant news in your home state.