After a long period of uncertainty, Big Ten football is finally back this weekend.
Wisconsin and Illinois kicked off the slate, but it is two teams that figure to be somewhere in the bottom half (or more specifically for Rutgers, in the basement) of the standings that will play in one of two 12 p.m. conference games that gets the treatment here.
Michigan State should be able to move the ball, both on the ground, and through the air, thanks to a talented group of underclassmen wide receivers.
Since this rivalry renewed in 2014, the Spartans have outscored Rutgers 206-44, and only twice (31-24 in 2015, 14-10 in 2018) have the games not been blowouts: the rest are 45-3, 49-0, 40-7, and 27-0 last season.
Is this game going to be another blowout like it has been in the past? Maybe not: but even with Greg Shiano back in charge, the players are still most of the ones from the last few recruiting classes.
Go with Sparty.
Prediction: Rutgers at Michigan State
Odds: Michigan State -12 (-105), over/under 44.5 points (-110)
Time: 12 p.m. EDT
TV Channel: Big Ten Network and Fubo.tv
The Pick: Michigan State -12 (-105)
Best Prop Bet: Michigan State over 28 points (-110)
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