Michigan Hosts Michigan State on ABC

Michigan Wolverines Football

First Night Game in Michigan Rivals Storied History

The Michigan State Spartans and the 7th-ranked Michigan Wolverines will renew their storied Big Ten rivaly on Saturday when they battle at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised by ABC Sports and kickoff is set for a few minutes after 7:30 pm EST.

For the first time in the 110-year history of the rivalry, the Spartans and Wolverines will battle each other in a night game. It’s a time that administrators at each school tried to avoid. In the end, they had no power with television and the Big Ten having control over prime-time slots.

The concerns administrators had are traffic and parking headaches. Also the added time fans now have to tailgate and consume alcohol before the game. The fact there will be a larger congregation outside the stadium of fans who don’t have tickets was worrisome as well.

Oddsmakers have made the Wolverines an 11-point favorite. The total is at 40.5.

Michigan Wants to Take Control in the Big Ten East

The Wolverines won its last outing, a 28-10 result against the Purdue Boilermakers on September 23. Michigan covered in that game as a -13.5-point favorite, while the 38 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

The team was off last week and head coach Jim Harbaugh did offer some breaking news on Monday. Senior John O’Korn will be the starting quarterback. Wilton Speight was the original starter. He suffered an undisclosed injury in the first quarter against Purdue. The QB is out for “multiple weeks,” according to Harbaugh.

O’Korn went 16 of 28 for 270 yards, a touchdown and an interception in place of Speight against Purdue.

The Wolverines are first in the Big Ten in total yards allowed on defense. They lead with 203.3 yards, They lead in run defense at 69.3 yards a game, and pass defense at 134 yards a game. They have allowed just 13.5 points a game.

Michigan State has Already Matched Last Years Win Total

Michigan State was a 17-10 winner in its last match at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes. They covered the -3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 27 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Michigan Statehas already equaled its win total from a disastrous 3-9 season in 2016.

The Spartan offense is led by quarterback Brian Lewerke. He has been very efficient in the passing game. Lewerke is 84 of 133 for 963 yards. He has eight touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has running ability. That makes him difficult to defend. He leads the team with 248 yards rushing. Running back LJ Scott is getting the bulk of the carries out of the backfield. He is averaging only 3.7 yards on 58 carries.

The Spartans enter the game third in the Big Ten in yards allowed per game. They are only giving up 248.3 ypg. Their  run defense is only allowing 96 yards a game. The D is second in pass defense giving up 152.3 yards a game.


Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Michigan State3-13-124.5018.006.53-10-01-31-30-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Michigan State Spartans

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-01-00-01-01-00-017.0010.007.00
Last 32-12-10-02-12-10-021.0020.670.33

Michigan Wolverines

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-00-01-01-00-01-028.0010.0018.00
Last 33-02-01-01-20-21-031.0012.3318.67


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense24.509613.5010
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense98.009
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense118.0045
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense31.505718.0024
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense195.0095
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense191.5062

Head To Head Summary

Michigan State7-39-15-527.10176.504.2830.0057.00227.70404.201.40

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 29, 2016MICHMICHST32-2319224443612171844011
Oct 17, 2015MICHSTMICH27-23583283860621682301
Oct 25, 2014MICHMICHST11-356112518632192274462
Nov 2, 2013MICHMICHST6-29-4821616811422523941
Oct 20, 2012MICHSTMICH10-1211219230411631633261
Oct 15, 2011MICHMICHST14-288216825012131203332
Oct 9, 2010MICHSTMICH34-1724928753601622153773
Oct 3, 2009MICHMICHST20-262822325121972204173
Oct 25, 2008MICHSTMICH35-211673064733841682524
Nov 3, 2007MICHMICHST28-2410021131111911613521

College Football Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games
Michigan State Spartans
DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 30, 2017IOWA17-10W-3.5/44W/U8821230019212231-2H
Sep 23, 2017NOTRD18-38L3/54L/O1513454961821733553H
Sep 9, 2017W.MICH28-14W-7/51W/U296161457116791951H
Sep 2, 2017BGREEN35-10W-17/56W/U215250465671452122H
Nov 26, 2016PENNST12-45L11/53.5L/O109234343773864631A

Michigan Wolverines

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 23, 2017PURDUE28-10W-13.5/51W/U139284423301591891A
Sep 16, 2017AIRFOR29-13W-23/52.5L/U190169359168642320H
Sep 9, 2017CINCIN36-14W-31.5/51L/U193221414681322000H
Sep 2, 2017FLA33-17W-4.5/46.5W/O21521843311181192-1A
Dec 30, 2016FLAST32-33L-6.5/50L/O89163252149222371-1A

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