The 2022 college football season is set to begin for No. 15 Michigan State on Friday.
MSU football will welcome Western Michigan to town at 7 p.m. live on ESPN2.
Can the new edition of the Spartans handle being a lopsided favorite against the Broncos?
What should Michigan sports bettors be looking for in this matchup?
Michigan State Week 1 College Football Odds
In a game that is the season opener for both squads, Michigan State is heavily favored over Western Michigan.
Oddsmakers have MSU as more than a 3-touchdown favorite against the Broncos.
MSU football betting trends
Michigan State football was 9-3-1 against the spread last season. Western Michigan was 6-6-1.
When it comes to the over/under, Michigan State was pretty even last season. The Spartans went over in 7 of 13 games.
Last season, MSU football’s non-conference games averaged 63 points. The lowest total was against Miami, a 38-17 victory for the Spartans.
Similar to Michigan State, Western Michigan went with the over in 7 of its 13 games last season. In the Broncos two games against Power 5 teams the point total was an average of 73.
Michigan State vs. Western Michigan history
Michigan State’s odds to win this matchup have trended well. The Spartans are 14-2 all-time against Western Michigan. MSU has won 12 straight in the series.
How to watch: Western Michigan vs. Michigan State football
- What: Western Michigan at Michigan State
- When: Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing
- TV: ESPN2
- Online livestream: ESPN+
- Radio: Michigan State Football Radio Network
- Sirius XM: Channel 83
How to bet on college football in Michigan
Michigan has 15 online sportsbooks for you to find for college football odds.
Betting on Michigan State 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
Michigan State college football player prop odds
Prop odds are starting to come out for Michigan State vs. Western Michigan.
FanDuel Sportsbook MI has quite a few player props available for Friday’s game on ESPN2.
Payton Thorne’s passing yards are being listed at an over/under of 260.5, while his passing touchdowns is listed at 1.5.
Thorne’s top targets, Jayden Reed (O/U 79.5 yards) and Tre Mosley (O/U 49.5 yards) also have receiving props available.
On the ground, MSU’s Jarek Broussard is listed with an over/under of 65.5 rushing yards, while Jalen Berger is at 52.5.
Western Michigan actually had one of the stronger defenses in the MAC in 2021. It ranked third in the conference in passing defense (191.8 ypg) and second in run defense (147.4 ypg)
College football Week 1 betting promos
For the full opening weekend of the college football season, here’s some available sportsbook promos for you to consider using.
DraftKings Michigan parlay boost
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DraftKings is also offering up a 25% profit boost for any college football Week 1 game when you bet $10 or more on a MLB parlay or single game parlay.
No Sweat Bet at FanDuel
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Risk-Free CFB bet at BetMGM
BetMGM Michigan is offering up a risk-free college football bet, up to $25 for Week 1. If you wager loses, get a $25 free bet back on your first college football wager for the weekend.
What can bettors expect from Michigan State football?
Coming off an 11-win season in 2021, head coach Mel Tucker has quickly been able to rebuild MSU football since taking over two seasons ago.
The big question for the 2022 season is who will lead the Spartans now that Kenneth Walker III is in the NFL.
Walker put up 1,636 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns behind a questionable offensive line last season. With him out of the picture, the Spartans may have to rely more on quarterback Payton Thorne.
The junior is coming off a sophomore season where he threw for 3,240 yards and 27 touchdowns. He returns senior receiver Jayden Reed, who put up 59 receptions for 1,026 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021.
To address the loss of Walker in the backfield, Tucker utilized the transfer portal once again. He’s brought in Jarek Broussard from Colorado and Jalen Berger from Wisconsin.
Broussard appears to have the leg up for more carries, as he is listed with odds to win the Heisman Trophy. Similarly, Reed has odds to win the honor, while Thorne is listed at to win.