Mel Tucker and his Michigan State football team will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Washington for a primetime college football matchup.
The Spartans will also find themselves as an underdog for the first time, despite being ranked No. 11 in the country and playing the unranked Huskies.
Whether it’s because of the cross-country trip or a belief in a Washington turnaround, the Michigan State vs. Washington spread has been moving toward the Huskies all week long.
Here’s a look at the matchup, which will be the featured primetime game at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
Michigan State vs. Washington spread, over/under
The spread has moved beyond a key number, as most sportsbooks are giving the Spartans 3.5 points. The total is mostly listed at 56.5.
MSU football betting trends
Michigan State is 2-0 against the spread this season, with its big wins against Mid-American Conference schools Western Michigan and Akron.
Each of the Spartans games have gone under the total. That being said, they nearly hit the over (56) on their own in their 52-0 win against Akron.
Washington is also 2-0 against the spread this season, but both of its games have gone over. It’s played Portland State and Kent State to open the year.
MSU is 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 games, including the final eight of the 2021 season. Washington is 4-6 against the spread in its last 10.
Michigan State vs. Washington history
Michigan State and Washington have met three times in history, and not since 1997. Washington holds a 2-1 edge in the series, having won the past two matchups.
- Washington 51, Michigan State 23 (Aloha Bowl), Dec. 25, 1997
- Washington 42, Michigan State 16, Sept. 19, 1970
- Michigan State 27, Washington 11, Sept. 20, 1969
Michigan State West Coast history
It’s not often Michigan State makes its way out west, so there isn’t much to draw on. But both trips in the past 10 years have ended in defeat.
- Arizona State 16, Michigan State 13, Sept. 8, 2018
- Oregon 46, Michigan State 27, Sept. 6, 2014
How to watch: Michigan State at Washington football
- What: Michigan State at Washington
- When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash.
- TV: ABC
- Online livestream: ESPN+
- Radio: Spartan Media Network
- Sirius XM: Channel 84 (Michigan State); Channel 197 (Washington)
Michigan State College Football Player Prop Odds
Michigan State will see a somewhat familiar face Saturday in Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. The Indiana transfer played the Spartans twice while a member of the Hoosiers, and put up big numbers each time.
He threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in a loss against MSU in 2019, and followed that up with 320 yards and two TDs in a win in 2020. DraftKings Sportsbook MI has Penix’s passing yardage total set at 272.5 for Saturday’s game, and his passing TDs at 2.5, although the over carries +160 odds.
The Spartans haven’t faced much in the way of competition so far this season, but are allowing 198 yards passing per game. That ranks them 51st in the country, but each game has featured opponents playing from behind for much of the game.
MSU quarterback Payton Thorne is listed with a passing yardage total of 216.5 and passing TDs at 1.5.
Running back Jalen Berger figures to be the key part of Michigan State’s offense, and DraftKings is envisioning that setting his rushing total prop at 70.5, with +105 odds on the under. Berger has run for 227 yards on 33 carries this season.
Washington is allowing 114 yards per game on the ground, despite having large leads in each of their first two games.
Michigan State receivers Jayden Reed (62.5) and Keon Coleman (46.5) are listed with receiving yardage totals at DraftKings, while Washington’s Jalen McMillan is at 59.5. McMillan has nine catches for 214 yards and three TDs this season.
College Football Week 3 Betting Promos
Here’s a collection of the Week 3 college football betting promos available this weekend.
Win tickets to Michigan State vs. Minnesota at Caesars
Caesars Sportsbook MI is giving away two lower-level, 50-yard line tickets to the Sept. 24 Michigan State home game against Minnesota. To enter the drawing, visit the promos section of Caesars and opt-in. You will also receive one entry into the drawing for each bet of at least $10 on anything in the sportsbook with minimum odds of -200.
Qualifying bets must be made by Monday, Sept. 19, and the drawing will be Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Free bet for winning parlay at SI Sportsbook
At SI Sportsbook MI, make a parlay of 3+ legs and wager at least $25 (minimum +300 odds) on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday on the NFL or NCAA and get a $20 free bet if it wins.
Parlay Profit Boost at BetRivers
BetRivers Sportsbook MI is offering up a 20% profit boost for any 3+leg parlay on NCAA Football this weekend. Each leg must be -200 or greater odds. Max wager is $25.
How to bet on College Football in Michigan
Michigan has 15 online sportsbooks for you to look for college football odds.
Betting on Michigan college football can be done in a variety of ways. That includes:
- Live betting
- First Half/Second Half Betting
- First/Second/Third/Fourth Quarter Betting
- Player Props
- Team Props
- Adjusted Spreads
- Adjusted Totals
- Single Game Parlays