- Michigan State is favored by -140 odds to beat Pitt.
- Pittsburgh has -115 odds to cover a +3-point spread.
ATLANTA – The 2021 New Years Six Bowl season kicks off with a Peach Bowl matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and Pittsburgh Panthers. The game is slated for Thursday at 7:00 p.m. EST from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Michigan State Vs. Pittsburgh Odds
- Michigan State -140
- Pittsburgh +120
- Spread: Michigan State -3 (-105)
- Total: O/U 56
Online betting sites have the odds set close in this one considering how similar each of their seasons were. Pittsburgh finished with an 11-2 record and in first place in the ACC. They were also crowned the ACC Champions. Michigan State finished with a 10-3 record and in third place in the Big 10.
While Pitt looked like the more dominant team this season, the odds are favoring the Spartans being that the Panthers starting QB, Kenny Pickett, will skip the game in preparation for the NFL Draft.
Dominance Against The Spread
Similar to their regular-season records, both teams did tremendous jobs against the spread as well. Pitt was the second-best team in the country going 10-3 against the spread while covering by 7.5 points on average. They also won their games by an average of 19.9 points and finished the season on a 4-1 note against the spread.
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MSU was not far behind as they went 8-3-1 ATS and covered by an average of 4 points and won their games by 6.3 points. There could be some cause for concern though being that the Spartans finished the season going 2-2 ATS in their last four games.
Something else to point out is that the absence of Kenny Pickett had a huge impact on the odds. Pitt originally opened up as a 4-point favorite and -190 on the moneyline CFB odds before shifting to +2.5 and +120 odds.
It has also affected where the public has laid their money. Michigan State has been in full control of the public splits with 87% of moneyline bets and 73% of spread bets.
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