College Football Week 10 Predictions: Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans

Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans
Saturday, 11/2/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan State -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Michigan State -4.5
Opening Total:  46
Current Total:  46
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Michigan Wolverines are 3-0 SU under head coach Brady Hoke coming off a bye week
The Michigan Wolverines are 3-0 SU under head coach Brady Hoke coming off a bye week

Michigan is 3-0 SU under head coach Brady Hoke coming off a bye week, outscoring opponents by a 122-40 margin in those three contests, as the program comes off a 63-47 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers as 8.5-point home favorites on Oct. 19.  The Wolverines are led offensively by quarterback Devin Gardner, who leads the Big Ten Conference in averaging 328.4 yards per game of total offense, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 10.  Michigan is 0-2 SUATS as a road underdog of 3.5 to 7 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER cashing in both of those affairs.

The Wolverines have been effective in scoring points in the red zone in 12 games with Gardner under center, as they’ve come away with 39 touchdowns in 49 trips.  Michign has also generated 41 offensive plays of 20-plus yards through seven games this season, while putting together 24 70-plus-yard touchdown drives during the 2013 campaign.  The team is averaging 183.9 rushing yards per game this season, which ranks 49th in the country.

Michigan State has won four consecutive games since suffering its only loss of the season, including a 42-3 blowout victory over Illinois as 7.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Spartans are 32-68-5 all-time against the Wolverines, including a 19-12-2 mark when playing in East Lansing—something that’s important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines Saturday.  Michigan State is 0-2 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 7 points since 2011.

The team with the most productive ground attack has won 40 of the last 43 games in this series, with the Spartans outrushing the Wolverines by 419 yards in the last five meetings.  Through eight games, Michigan State’s defense ranks first in the country in allowing 215.5 yards per game, while its 7-1 start is the second-best of its kind under the direction of head coach Mark Dantonio.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, with the OVER going 9-3 in the Wolverines’ last 12 overall games.

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