Michigan State did not just beat Michigan 34-17 last week as a 5 point road dog but they totally manhandled and humiliated their hated rivals on their hallowed home field at the Big House. It was the third consecutive time that the Spartans have beaten the Wolverines to establish firm domination in the state. Beyond that, Michigan State improved their overall college football betting record to 6-0 straight up and 4-2 against the spread to emerge as one of the leading contenders to upend Ohio State in the Big Ten race. This year is shaping up as one of the most special in Spartan history as since their epic fake field goal in overtime to defeat Notre Dame and the heart attack suffered by head coach Mark Dantonio that followed Michigan State has played with a purpose and discipline not seen in East Lansing since the 1960’s. The Spartans offense ranks 14th nationally and has great balance. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is averaging almost 10 yards per attempt with 10 touchdown passes and running back Edwin Baker has ran for 683 yards and 7.0 yards per carry average.
Up and Coming
Illinois went into Penn State as a 9 point dog last week and emerged with a convincing and well deserved 33-13 win to improve their NCAA online betting record to 3-2 straight up and 4-1 against the spread. The Illini defense has quietly climbed up the rankings to stand at 20th best in the nation while the ground attack is 19th in the land led by Mikel LeShoure’s 606 yards while athletic first year quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase continues to steadily improve.
Illinois is where Michigan State was a year ago. They are a young and improving team but Michigan State has arrived. The only question is if Sparty again folds with success but this year and team seems different.
Michigan State has paid out in 7 out of their last 8 matchups with Illinois.