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Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 9
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Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 9

by Timothy KimOctober 26, 2021
  • This is the first undefeated matchup between Michigan and Michigan State since 2010
  • The Wolverines’ running back duo of Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins continued their dominance on the ground as each player rushed for over 100 yards in their decisive 33-7 beatdown against Northwestern
  • The Spartans’ running back Kenneth Walker III had 84 yards against Indiana in the close win

Heading into week eight, it was the opposite end of the spectrum for both programs but ultimately ended with the same result. The Michigan Wolverines (7-0) had no problem burning Northwestern’s defense with their potent running game as they ran for 294 rushing yards and only 163 passing yards. Both Corum and Haskins had two touchdowns in the game.

The Michigan State Spartans (7-0) are also undefeated heading into this matchup. However, things weren’t easy as the team was trailing at halftime. Just like their in-state rivals, the program has a superb game as the team had 100 rushing yards and 141 passing yards. Michigan State’s nail-biting victory had to come largely thanks to Cal Haladay’s 30-yard pick-six in the very first quarter.

Betting Odds & Lines for This Game

  • Spread: Michigan: -3.5. (-110) vs Michigan State +3.5 (-110)
  • MoneyLine: Michigan (-168) vs Michigan State: (+152)
  • Total: 51.5
    All odds listed are courtesy of (FanDuel)

Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 9

Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction: Spread

The Michigan Wolverines will head to East Lansing on Halloween weekend as the two teams were on a collision course all season long. This game sets the stage asThe Battle for Paul Bunyan Trophy is on the line, and one of these undefeated schools will have a loss on their season record. These two programs have definitely turned it around from last year’s disastrous start for both schools.

Michigan State is also coming fresh off a bye-week as they enter into this week in preparation for their biggest showdown this season. Michigan hasn’t much to stress about as they only gave up seven points to Northwestern.

Some trends to keep in mind is Michigan is 6-1 against the spread this season, while Michigan State is 5-0-2 against the spread this season. However, on a side note, the Wolverines have not had much luck batting the Spartans as they are 2-11 against the spread in their last 13 games against their rivals. Expect the line to shift heavily throughout the week as we get closer to Saturday.

Free Prediction: Michigan -3.5

Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction: MoneyLine

Michigan’s closest win came against Nebraska as they edged a narrow 32-29 win in an overtime thriller two weeks ago. Michigan State’s only glaring issue is their defensive secondary as the unit has allowed 286.1 passing yards per game.

Cade McNamara may use the only flaw in Michigan State’s defense to his advantage. In the first four games of the season, he rarely threw the ball as he hit a high mark of 16 attempts against Rutgers. However, in the last three contests, he has thrown at least 27 attempts and thrown as many as 38 attempts in the game against Nebraska.

  • Free Prediction: Michigan (-168)

Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction: Total

Both of the schools have displayed a solid defense throughout the season as they each limited the number of points scored by opposing teams. The Wolverines allow just 15.5 points per game while the Spartans allow just 18.7 points per game.

This is an important game as there is a lot on the line in the Battle of Michigan. Michigan State’s passing defense struggles could easily lead to some easy points, and Michigan State can break through Michigan’s defense with a few good dashes then this could be a high-scoring matchup.

The over is also 5-0 in the Wolverines’ last five road games.

  • Free Prediction: Over 51.5
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About The Author
Timothy Kim
I am a student at the University of Miami. I am currently majoring in sports management and minoring in entrepreneurship. My hobbies are watching sports especially NCAAB, NBA, MLB, and the UFC. I also enjoy investing in the stock and crypto currency market. I hope to pursue a masters in the future in Finance or a degree in law to have the chance to work with athletes in the future.