Michigan State vs. Michigan Odds: Point Spread, Total & Prediction

Francis Osborne
October 9, 2017

The Wolverines opened with a 16-play, 64-yard drive that took almost 7 minutes off the clock, but they had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. And, in a big way.

Under the bright lights, through a rain storm, in ridiculous wind, Michigan State (4-1, 2-0 BigTen) outlasted No. 7 Michigan (4-1, 1-1 BigTen) 14-10 at the Big House. Alex Barnes rushed for 20 yards to give the Wildcats a first-and-goal, and Delton pushed the game to double overtime with his second rushing score. They are atop the Big Ten East with Ohio State, not the Wolverines. With the win over MI, the Spartans officially enter the Big Ten title game conversation; they could easily be 7-1 by the time they host Penn State on November 4. Their only loss so far this season has been to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who are now ranked at No. 21. And he helped make Jeff Brohm's first Big Ten win with the Boilermakers (3-2, 1-1) a memorable one. If you've watched a single snap of MI football this year, you know the problems. Games remain vs. Penn State and at Ohio State (on back-to-back Saturdays in November).

The reason for optimism is defense. Through four games this season, The Wolverines are tied for eighth in points allowed per game and will look to dominate the battle at the line of scrimmage against the Spartans.

MI did receive the ball back with 40 second to play, but with no timeouts, they were forced to eventually attempt a Hail Mary which was batted down by Spartan linebacker Joe Bachie with zeroes on the clock. This isn't breaking news - Jim Harbaugh is playing the long game and if things go according to plan, they'll be national title contenders next year.

Again and again and again and again and again.

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"We talk about turnovers all the time", sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie said. O'Korn threw three interceptions in three consecutive offensive series, Michigan State could not get a first down.

Lewerke was 11 of 22 for 94 yards and a TD and ran 15 times for 61 yards and another score. Lewerke is also the leading rusher for the Spartans and is average 6.5 yards per carry. "I should have just let him go, but our defense stepped up and made big plays late in that drive".

Who knows? For now, this freaky and unconventional offense continues to do enough to keep the Spartans on track in the East. The Spartans could win their next three games against Minnesota, Indiana and Northwestern. Karan Higdon gained 65 yards on 12 carries for the Wolverines (4-1, 1-1). They didn't lead again against coach Mark Dantonio, who has figured out how to take control of a rivalry that has historically been tilted in Michigan's favor. Speight was hit awkwardly by a Purdue defender while still on the ground. When will he be back? A handful of turnovers and penalties are partly are to blame for the Wolverines' ultimate defeat as John O'Korn took to the field as quarterback, taking over for the injured Wilton Speight, and throwing for three costly interceptions in the second half.

"It's no secret", O'Korn said.

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