Wolverines Favored Over Spartans In Top 10 CFB Matchup

  • The Michigan Wolverines are 4.5-point betting favorites over the Michigan State Spartans.
  • Michigan has -165 odds to win the first half with Michigan State coming back at +125.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The No. 6 Michigan Wolverines will travel to East Lansing to take on the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten, top 10 matchup.

Betting The Spread/Moneyline

Both the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines and No. 8 Michigan State Spartans are having impressive seasons. Both teams are 7-0 on the moneyline while Michigan is 6-1 ATS and Michigan State is 5-1-1 ATS on the year. Despite the similarities, online sportsbooks favor the Wolverines.

Michigan vs Michigan State Moneyline Odds

  • Michigan Wolverines -185
  • Michigan State Spartans +160

Historically, Michigan has the advantage in the rivalry with a 71-37-5 record, however, Michigan State has won the matchup in nine of the last 13 years. Despite controlling the series in recent years, Michigan State has lost each of the last two games at home against the Wolverines.

Those betting on college football may want to side with the Wolverines to win their third straight in East Lansing.

Michigan vs Michigan State Spread Odds

  • Michigan Wolverines -4.5 -110
  • Michigan State Spartans +4.5 -110

Both teams like to run the ball as Michigan averages 60+ more rushing yards than passing yards and Michigan State has Kenneth Walker III, the running back with the shortest odds to win the Heisman. The similarities between the two teams continue as they average within 10 offensive yards of each other. However, the biggest difference is the defense.

The Spartans only allow 4.4 more points per game than the Wolverines, but Michigan State gives up over 105 more yards per game. MSU has had a bend-don’t-break defense that’s bound to crack when playing against a team as good as Michigan.

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The defense will likely be the key to a win as preventing the other team from scoring and getting an early lead may force the trailing team to abandon the run game.

Best Game Prop: First-Half Moneyline

Both teams score at a similar clip in the first half as Michigan State averages 19.0 points per game and Michigan averages 18.3, but there’s a big gap in how each team performs on the defensive side of the ball in the opening half.

The Wolverines allow the second-fewest first-half points per game with just 4.3 while Michigan State allows 10.3 on average. CFB sportsbooks are offering Michigan’s first-half moneyline at a better price than the overall game line.

Michigan vs Michigan State First-Half Moneyline

  • Michigan Wolverines -165
  • Michigan State Spartans +125

Michigan has had the lead at the end of the first half in all seven games while Michigan State may be trending in the wrong direction as they were trailing going into halftime against the Indiana Hoosiers in their most recent game.

The top 10 matchup will start at noon EST on Saturday and can be seen on FOX.