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Spartans vs Wolverines Preview

The Michigan Wolverines will face their toughest test yet on the road this week against the in-state rival Michigan State Spartans.

Michigan State has given Michigan plenty of trouble lately, winning all three of their last three meetings both SU and ATS.

Denard Robinson racked up 454 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to top Northwestern last week despite three interceptions.

View Michigan vs Michigan State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup the Spartans sat as 3-point favorites . The total opened in the range of 48 at most sportsbooks, including 5Dimes

Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 4-rated Spartans and the No. 24-rated Wolverines in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 48-40 win for the Wolverines on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Michigan State's No. 62-ranked offense (28 PPG) against a Wolverines defense that ranks No. 8 at 12.5 PPG. The Spartans passing attack has averaged 269.2 yards per game, more than the Wolverines give up through the air (202.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Wolverines own the league's No. 20-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 107 yards per game when on the road. Michigan State, on the other hand, rates No. 45 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Michigan won its last outing, a 42-24 result against Northwestern on October 8. Michigan covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 66 combined points took the game OVER the total.

In their last action, Michigan State was a 10-7 winner on the road against Ohio State. They covered the 3–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (17) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 5-5

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Wolverines at Spartans trends to consider:
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Michigan's last 19 games on the road
Michigan is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Michigan State
Michigan is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan State is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games
Michigan State is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Michigan

Next up:
Michigan home to Purdue, Saturday, October 29
Michigan State home to Wisconsin, Saturday, October 22