Michigan vs. Michigan State prediction: Take home underdog Spartans

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Michigan State manager Mel Tucker, on with his 20 transfers, quadrate disconnected with in-state rival Michigan successful a top-10 matchup connected Saturday. AP

LAS VEGAS — In the twelvemonth of escaped bureau successful assemblage football, Michigan State manager Mel Tucker dug heavy into the transportation portal and signed 20 players. It turns retired the biggest summation was a moving backmost from Wake Forest, Kenneth Walker III. 

Walker has been moving wild, starring the federation with 142.4 rushing yards per game, but he’s improbable to find wide-open spaces erstwhile the Spartans tally into Michigan successful a high-stakes Big Ten conflict betwixt 7-0 teams ranked successful the apical 10. 

The Wolverines fertile No. 2 successful the federation successful scoring defence by allowing 14.3 points per game. The Spartans are not arsenic unyielding defensively, but they tighten up successful the reddish portion and person allowed much than 21 points successful lone 1 game. 

Michigan State leans connected Walker, yet tin get much large plays from its passing attack, with Jalen Nailor and Jayden Reed combining for 11 touchdown receptions. Michigan backmost Cade McNamara has lone 5 touchdown passes successful a run-dominated discourtesy carried by Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins, who person combined for 20 rushing touchdowns. 

In 2020, Tucker’s archetypal twelvemonth arsenic coach, Michigan State was a 21-point underdog successful a 27-24 triumph astatine Michigan. Wolverines manager Jim Harbaugh has payback plans, but the Spartans are connected an 11-2 against-the-spread tally successful this rivalry. Expect a choky crippled and beware of the location underdog successful East Lansing. 

The pick: Michigan State +4. 

Kenneth Walker III leads the federation  successful  rushing, averaging 142.4 rushing yards per crippled  for the undefeated Michigan State Spartans.Kenneth Walker III leads the federation successful rushing, averaging 142.4 rushing yards per crippled for the undefeated Michigan State Spartans.AP

Florida (+14) implicit Georgia: The fearfulness origin successful betting against the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs is high. Georgia has the nation’s apical scoring defence (6.6 ppg), and moving backmost Zamir White could person his mode with a brushed Florida defense. 

Nevertheless, Gators manager Dan Mullen has the amended quarterback, particularly if helium starts dynamic playmaker Anthony Richardson. Mullen besides gets large efforts from his squad against elite SEC opponents. Florida bushed Georgia 44-28 past twelvemonth successful Jacksonville, and the Gators hung pugnacious successful a 31-29 nonaccomplishment to Alabama successful September. 

UCLA (+6.5) implicit UTAH: The Bruins blew a 14-0 pb successful a 34-31 nonaccomplishment to Oregon past week that stalled the momentum manager Chip Kelly was seemingly building. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who near that crippled with an wounded successful the 4th quarter, is acceptable to return. 

There’s much bully quality for the Bruins, who are 3-0 connected the roadworthy and play this 1 successful Salt Lake City connected Saturday night. UCLA averages 206 rushing yards, and the Utah defence allowed 260 rushing yards successful past week’s nonaccomplishment astatine Oregon State. 

Fresno State (+1) implicit SAN DIEGO STATE: Is this erstwhile the Aztecs’ undefeated tally ends? The Bulldogs’ Jake Haener volition beryllium the champion backmost San Diego State has faced. Haener, who threw for 256 yards successful a 34-32 triumph implicit Nevada, has 22 touchdown passes for the season. It’s tempting to broadside with Fresno and its acold superior offense. 

LAST WEEK: 2-2. UCLA (L), Northwestern (L), Oregon State (W), New Mexico State-Hawaii Over (W). 

SEASON: 16-11-1.