• Michigan defeated Northwestern 33-7 last week. 
  • Michigan State defeated Indiana 20-15 in their last game two weeks ago. 
  • Michigan State beat Michigan last year in the Big House 27-24. 

In one of the most anticipated regular-season games, two undefeated Big 10 Powers meet in East Lansing. Both teams have played mediocre schedules at best, which means America will learn a lot this Saturday. 

Although Ohio State is still the clear power in the Big 10, Saturday will determine who’s next in line. 

Also, this contest is another opportunity for Jim Harbaugh to make a statement as a Michigan coach. He doesn’t have many wins of this magnitude on his resume thus far. 

Michigan vs Michigan State Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Michigan at Michigan State
  • Where: East Lansing, MI, Spartan Stadium
  • Date: 10/30/21
  • Betting Odds: Michigan -4, Michigan (-190) Michigan State (+160), O/U: 50 (at DraftKings)

Michigan Preview: Harbaugh’s Last Dance?

The mission is clear when named head coach at the University of Michigan; beat Michigan State, beat Ohio State, win the Big 10. As a head coach, Harbaugh has a 3-3 record against the Spartans, and has yet to beat Ohio State or win the Big 10. Ohio State ain’t going anywhere, which makes winning games against Michigan State that much more important for Harbaugh’s future as the coach of Michigan. 

The undefeated start to the season has slightly cooled the seat of Harbaugh and made a good portion of America forget just how close he was to losing his job at the end of last season. 

Yet, Michigan has not been tested yet, and Saturday could put this season into a spiral and leave Harbaugh unemployed. 

On the flip side, a win could be the biggest in his tenure at Ann Arbour and set up big-time matchups down the stretch for the Wolverines. 

It’s safe to say Harbaugh’s job might be on the line this Saturday in East Lansing.  

Michigan State Preview: Is Michigan State Good? 

The reality of the situation with Michigan State is that it is still undecided whether or not their team is legit. The Spartans have yet to play a team that currently has a winning record. Their most impressive win came in September on the road against a mediocre Miami team. 

The old adage of “you can only play the teams on your schedule” still remains true, but Michigan State needs to step up on Saturday to prove themselves. 

A win puts them in control of their own destiny towards the Big 10 Championship. Yes, they would need to beat Ohio State as about 21 point underdogs, but they would have a shot. 

Michigan and Michigan State have grown one of the most underrated rivalries in college football, and it’s fair to say the stakes have not been this high in a long time for both teams on Saturday. 

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

Michigan and Michigan State have both performed great against the number this season. Michigan posts a 6-1 record, while Michigan State is 5-1 on the year. 

In terms of yards per play, these two are effectively the same team. Michigan State averages 6.5 yards per play to Michigan’s 6.3. The Wolverines let up 4.6 yards per play to the Spartan’s 4.8. 

It’s hard to separate these two teams from one another. I’ll take the home underdog and enjoy the game. 

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