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    Michigan State Athletics


    Michigan State Looks to Contend for Big 10 Title

    The Utah State Aggies and the Michigan State Spartans will both be looking to go 1-0 to start the season. They meet at Spartan Stadium on Friday night to kick off the 2018 campaign. Big Ten Network has the kickoff at 7 pm EST.

    Oddsmakers opened the Spartans as -27-point favorites versus the Aggies, while the game’s total opened at 50.5. The line is now Michigan State -23.5 and the total is up to 52.

    No. 11 Michigan State enters this season with hopes of contending for a Big Ten title. Maybe a national championship if things go their way. They have to prove it on the field and avoid a start like 2017.


    Michigan State Returns A Lot of Starters

    Coach Mark Dantonio returns 19 of 22 starters from last season’s 10-3 campaign. That includes junior quarterback Brian Lewerke. He threw for 2,793 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2017.

    The Spartans’ offense features a number of big playmakers. They are led by senior running back LJ Scott who had 898 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground in 2017. Senior receiver Felton Davis III had 55 catches, 776 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

    The Spartans juggled three running backs in 2017. This season, Scott should get most of the carries. He is hoping to avoid the fumble troubles that plagued him as a junior.

    Having a more experienced Lewerke under center will make defenses have to respect the Spartans’ passing game more. Scott may be able to find more holes and finally get his first collegiate 1,000-yard rushing campaign.

    Defensively, Michigan State may be even better. They allowed only 20 points per game in 2017 and returning nearly every starter.

    Junior linebacker Joe Bachie is the leader for Dantonio’s defense. He paced the Spartans in tackles with 100, forced fumbles with two, and earning team MVP honors.


    Utah State is Loaded With Returning Players as Well

    The Aggies return 18 starters and could provide some troubles if the Michigan State offense isn’t sharp, having ranked tied for sixth in the nation in 2017 with 29 forced fumbles.

    The Aggies’ quarterback duties are sophomore Jordan Love’s this season. He displaced then-senior Kent Myers partway through the 2017 campaign. He finished with 1,631 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. Love has had an offseason to better learn coach Matt Wells’ system.

    He’ll have plenty of experienced targets to look for in the passing game. The biggest question is how well the Aggies can protect Love. The team has struggled with over the past few years. Love is nimble on his feet and has shown the ability to pick up yards on the ground when he needs.

    PREDICTION: Michigan State 42, Utah State 17





    Recent Form
    Utah State 6-7 6-7 33.00 26.92 6.08 3-3 3-4 8-5 3-3 5-2
    Michigan State 10-3 8-5 27.00 20.00 7 5-2 3-3 6-7 2-5 4-2

    Power Stats

    Yards Per Point
    UTAHST 13.3 14.84 -1.54
    MICHST 17.51 14.88 2.62

    Yards Per Pass
    UTAHST 11.12 11.35 -0.23
    MICHST 11.28 10.91 0.37

    Yards Per Rush
    UTAHST 4.27 4.51 -0.24
    MICHST 5.21 3.37 1.84

    Team Records

    Utah State Aggies
    Overall 6-7 3-3 3-4 6-7 3-3 3-4 30.15 26.92 3.23
    vs Conf 4-4 1-3 3-1 4-4 1-3 3-1 32.63 22.75 9.88
    Last 3 1-2 1-0 0-2 1-2 1-0 0-2 31.00 21.33 9.67

    Michigan State Spartans
    Overall 10-3 6-1 4-2 8-5 5-2 3-3 24.54 20.00 4.54
    vs Conf 7-2 4-0 3-2 5-4 3-1 2-3 21.78 20.11 1.67
    Last 3 3-0 1-0 2-0 2-1 0-1 2-0 33.00 10.33 22.67

    Supergrid
    Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 30.15 51 20.00 19
    Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 241.43 50 184.14 37
    Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 180.43 42 89.57 6
    Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 24.54 96 26.92 67
    Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 224.71 74 139.86 2
    Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 169.14 73 266.29 122
    Head To Head Summary
    Utah State
    Michigan State

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    College Football Betting Odds & Trends
    Team Last 5 Games

    Utah State Aggies
    Dec 29, 2017 NMEXST 20-26 L -5.5/63.5 L/U 187 254 441 184 191 375 -1 A
    Nov 25, 2017 AIRFOR 35-38 L 2/57 L/O 237 284 521 407 33 440 0 A
    Nov 18, 2017 HAWAII 38-0 W -10/56 W/U 311 164 475 172 146 318 0 H
    Nov 4, 2017 NEWMEX 24-10 W 3/51 W/U 129 114 243 265 75 340 -2 A
    Oct 28, 2017 BOISE 14-41 L 13/51.5 L/O 93 186 279 163 370 533 0 H

    Michigan State Spartans
    Dec 28, 2017 WSHST 42-17 W -2.5/47.5 W/O 227 213 440 24 272 296 -1 A
    Nov 25, 2017 RUTGER 40-7 W -14/42 W/O 209 222 431 14 98 112 -3 A
    Nov 18, 2017 MARYL 17-7 W -14/44 L/U 271 20 291 83 121 204 0 H
    Nov 11, 2017 OHIOST 3-48 L 17/55 L/U 64 131 195 335 189 524 1 A
    Nov 4, 2017 PENNST 27-24 W 10/46.5 W/O 74 400 474 65 401 466 -2 H


    Next up:
    Utah State home to New Mexico State Saturday, September 8
    Michigan State at Arizona State Saturday, September 8

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