As one of the top football programs in the Big Ten, Michigan State has a huge following across our neck of the woods, but the reach extends much further than that. From legendary players to memorable squads through the years, the Spartans have also become a big part of the national conversation.
Some players who have rocked the green and white have gone on to become household names in the NFL, a list that includes stars such as Le’Veon Bell, Plaxico Burress, and Andre Rison.
For the coming campaign, things are going to look a bit different in East Lansing. Head coach Mark Dantonio has resigned and been replaced by Mel Tucker, while QB Brian Lewerke is off to the NFL.
Whoever wins the starting gig will have some nice weapons to lean on, including RB Elijah Collins and WR Jalen Nailor. The Spartans defense has been real solid for several years running, and it looks like more of the same is on the way thanks to players such as LB Antjuan Simmons.
The Big Ten season has been postponed for now with rumors and updates coming fast and furious.
Whenever it happens, it could be an intriguing campaign for Michigan State and Big Ten football no matter which way you slice it, and there are lots to look forward to. We’re going to run through everything you need to know right here, and also point out the best spots for fans to place their bets on Spartans football. Let’s take a look.
When it’s game time for the Spartans, many folks across the state stop in their tracks. The college football season goes by in a flash, but you can sweat along with the action like never before. Here’s what the odds look like for the next game on the docket.
Now that sports betting has been legalized and regulated here in Michigan, choices abound. However, some Michigan betting apps hit more of the right notes than others. Here’s a look at our recommended places to get in the game with Spartans football.
DraftKings Sportsbook is legal in Michigan
The daily fantasy sports behemoth is making some serious noise in the world of sports betting. The platform is fantastic and offers up everything you could want for betting on Michigan State.
The race to be the top operator in several states is on, and DraftKings is among those leading the way. Michigan residents will find lots to love.
FanDuel Sportsbook is legal in Michigan
Another company that has been a driving force in daily fantasy sports is doing the same in sports betting. FanDuel has quickly emerged as a preferred destination for fans, so Michigan State bettors should look this way without thinking twice.
FanDuel has made great strides in sports betting and evolved into an industry leader yet again. Our bets are on the platform being at the top of the charts here in Michigan as well.
BetMGM Sportsbook is legal in Michigan
The instantly-recognizable MGM brand is also making its mark in sports betting. Michigan State fans will find all of the markets they can ask for from a trusted name in the world of gaming.
BetMGM has some big ambitions in sports betting. Let’s just say that the company is on the right track. Michigan bettors will have plenty to get excited about.
Michigan State last won the Big Ten in 2015, which was also the last time the program was invited to the college football playoffs. Could this be the year that the program turns those tricks again? Let’s take a look at what the odds board has to say.
So how do the Spartans stack up against the national powers? What are the chances of new head coach Mel Tucker shocking the world? We can get a quick answer to those two questions by taking a gander at our live odds feed.
Betting on Spartans games is lots of fun, and hopefully, a profitable experience when all is said and done. There’s also much more to see on the wagering menu, so don’t be shy about spreading your wings. Here’s a look at two other popular ways to get in on the action.
Props are additional wagering opportunities for individual games. They’re based on things that might come up during the contest or at its conclusion. Here’s a peek at some of the prop bet offerings you might see.
The futures market is vast and offers up odds on events that will occur at a later date.
For college football, the market for the next national champion sees lots of activity year-round, while other opportunities see plenty of attention as well.
Prop bets are found by clicking on the ‘more wagers’ link in each of the listings for individual games on the schedule. There’s typically a dedicated section for futures when you click on the college football or NCAAF section at online and mobile sportsbooks.
Michigan State entered the 2019 campaign with high hopes. The team was ranked in the preseason polls and lived up to its billing early with wins over Tulsa and Western Michigan in the opening weeks.
Arizona State came to town for the third game of the season. The contest turned into a hard-fought affair with the visiting Wildcats stunning the Spartans by a score of 10-7. Bounce-back wins over Northwestern and Indiana followed, but the wheels came off afterward.
Michigan State entered the brutal part of its schedule from there, and it didn’t go well. In successive weeks, the Spartans faced a trio of Big Ten foes that were ranked in the Top 10 at game time. The Spartans lost all three and were outscored by a margin of 100-17 in total to boot.
The losing streak was extended to five games, but Michigan State was able to get it together for the final two games to finish out at 6-6 and preserve Bowl Game eligibility. The reward was a trip to the Pinstripe Bowl where the team defeated Wake Forest by a score of 27-21.
Michigan State is a program with a national following, so games aren’t tough to find on the dial. The broadcast outlet will vary, but you can typically find the game on one of the major channels that cover NCAAF, such as ABC, FOX, or ESPN. In cases in which the game isn’t being picked up there, you can find it on Big Ten Network.
Each of the above channels is included with some leading cable, satellite, and streaming packages. You should also be able to pick up web or mobile coverage via the outlet that’s broadcasting the game, but note that you’ll need to sign in with valid provider credentials to do so.
On the radio side, the audio feed for Spartans games is picked up by some stations across the state, including WLBY 1290 AM in Ann Arbor and WMMQ 94.9 FM in Lansing. You can also find the radio broadcast of Michigan State games on the TuneIn radio app.
We still have some time to go before the 2021 NFL Draft, but several Spartans could be in the running to be selected. Included on that list is LB Antjuan Simmons, who should be among the leaders on defense for Michigan State.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, two members of the Spartans heard their names get called.
Over the past decade, a whopping 27 Michigan State players have been selected in the draft. Here’s a look at the first Spartans player selected for each of those years.
The 2020 (or 2021) NCAAF schedule is up in the air with an impasse about how to move forward. The Big Ten had announced that member teams would be playing a conference-only schedule this fall before postponing the season altogether because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Michigan State, that means that out of conference games versus BYU, Miami, and Toledo have been canceled.
The Spartans don’t have to go too far to find their biggest rivals in the Michigan Wolverines. We’ll tell you what you need to know about one of the best rivalries in college athletics in a bit. For now, let’s take a closer look at the other games on the schedule which just mean more than the others.
There are plenty of storied rivalries in the annals of college football, but this one is at least in the conversation as being one of the very best. The Wolverines and Spartans have locked horns 112 times dating back to 1898 with Michigan holding a 71-36-5 advantage.
Beginning in 1953, the game took on a new significance as the victor took possession of the Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy. Since that point, Michigan leads by a margin of 38-27-2, but the Wolverines dominated the series for nearly four decades beginning in 1970.
It has been much tighter over the past decade or so, but the Wolverines are riding a two-game winning streak. As two of the top programs in the Big Ten, Michigan and Michigan State have both been ranked in the Top 25 at the time of their meeting several times.
The Spartans hold a 10-7-1 overall advantage in those contests. Here’s a look at the last three times it happened.
Originally known simply as College Field, the venue for Spartans home games was then known as Macklin Field and Macklin Stadium before taking on its current name. Here’s what you need to know about the home field.
New head coach Mel Tucker has a tough act to follow. While his predecessor has had some challenges in recent years, he still left behind a resume that stacks up as one of the tops overall in Michigan State history. Here’s a look at the notable achievements for the most memorable coaches in Spartans history.
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The Michigan State football program traces its roots back to 1896. The instantly-recognizable helmet brandishes a Spartan logo in the club’s signature green and white school colors.
The stadium is always rocking on game day, and mascot Sparty helps to whip the crowd into a frenzy. The school fight song is Victory for MSU and was introduced way back in 1915. Here is Michigan State’s record in football and some other notable facts about the Michigan State team.
The Spartans have laid claim to the national crown six times. The last came in 1966 and was the second of back-to-back titles for perhaps the best squad in program history. Michigan State was last invited to the college football playoffs after the 2015 season.
The broadcast outlet will vary for Michigan State games. The program is highly-regarded across the nation, so you can generally find games on one of the major channels that broadcast NCAAF, such as ABC, ESPN, FOX, or the Big Ten Network.
The in-state rival Michigan Wolverines top the list. Annual games are hard-fought affairs and one of the biggest highlights of the regular season schedule. The Wolverines hold a 71-36-5 all-time advantage and have won the last two meetings in the series.
Dantonio retired after the 2019 season and left behind an impressive resume which includes three Big Ten titles. However, he did leave under a bit of a cloud as the program has been hit with accusations of recruiting violations and a wrongful termination suit from a member of the athletics department.
In all-time meetings between the two programs, the Wolverines have had the Spartans number on an overall basis to the tune of 71-36-5. As for overall records, Michigan comes out on top with that metric as well with a record of 962–346–36 versus 708–465–44 for the Spartans.
This year’s edition of one of the top rivalries in all of NCAAF was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. However, the game was postponed along with the rest of the Big Ten season.