June 21, 2021
2021 Michigan State Spartans Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
It wasn't a very memorable season for Michigan State football in 2020, as they managed just two victories in seven games in the debut of head coach Mel Tucker. The good news is that he endeared himself to the fan base and alumni with a victory over rival Michigan, and Sparty also pulled off an upset win over a ranked Northwestern team. Those were the only highlights of the season, however.
Michigan State managed a dismal 18.0 PPG, last in the Big Ten, and also coughed the ball up an alarming 20 times to lead the conference in turnovers. That's something that needs to change immediately. QB Anthony Russo comes over from Temple as a transfer, and he will challenge QB Payton Thorne for the top spot under center. Whomever wins the job will have a stable of decent wideouts in Jalen Nailor and Jayden Reed, while RB Kenneth Walker III comes over from Wake Forest as a transfer looking to make some noise. If the skill position players can jell, Sparty could have its best offensive season in many years.
As far as defense, Sparty was middle of the road with just 5.3 yards per play allowed, although those turnovers on offense led to plenty of short fields for the opposition. The defense coughed up 35.1 PPG last season, but that's a little misleading given the great field position. If the offense stops helping the opposition tilt the field, the defensive scoring average will improve exponentially.
Northwestern will be looking for revenge in the opener, and it might be a rocky start for Sparty. They get a brief respite against FCS Youngstown State, but a trip to Miami-Florida on Sept. 18 could be ugly, too. Realistically, the high end for this team is likely five wins, and their only road win might be at Rutgers or at Purdue. They should be able to post wins against Youngstown State, Western Kentucky and Maryland at home, but don't expect much more than that.
Preseason Best Bet: Over 4.5 wins (-113)
2021 Michigan State Spartans Schedule
Win Total Odds
Michigan State Odds to win 2021 Big 10 Championship
This Sparty team is years away from contending for an East Division title. In fact, they'd do well to get to fourth or fifth place. They're not worth taking a flyer on this season.
Michigan State Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
Michigan State would have a banner year if they qualify for a bowl and are able to get to .500. The Spartans fans and alumni would be tickled if they could get above .500 and get a win over rival Michigan. But they're not a playoff contender, or anything close to it.
2020 Michigan State Spartans Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Michigan State Spartans
Where can I bet on the 2021 Michigan State Spartans football team?
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Is Sports Betting Legal in Michigan?
The legalization of Michigan sports betting in 2020 and the pre-launch of Draftkings in the state can give us good hope that Online Sports Betting will be available early 2021.
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What’s Michigan State's point spreads for each of their games?
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