Prior to the start of every season, we usually have a pretty good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of every school in college football. We know which players have left for the NFL and the holes that need to be filled, which means that some of the expectations for every team include how well the replacements might perform. It is often 2 or 3 games before we get to see if those perceived weaknesses are not as bad as first thought or if they are worse. It’s certainly never a good idea to look at the season opener and believe that the sky is falling, but there can still be some legitimate cause for concern.
Coming into this season, one of the worries for fans of the Michigan State Spartans was the state of their offense. They will not have had those concerns allayed after the performance by their team in Week 1, but this is a new chance to shine. The Spartans will be at home to welcome in the Western Michigan Broncos and will open this game as a 16-point favorite. The point total for this one has been set at 46 ½.
Western Michigan vs Michigan State 2019 College Football Week 2 Odds & Pick
- When: Saturday, September 7, 7:30 PM EST
- Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing
- TV: BTN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: BTN+
- College Football Week 2 Odds: Michigan State -16 (Total 46.5)
- Mostly Cloudy: 21°C/70°F
- Humidity: 57%
- Precipitation: 2%
- Cloud Cover: 76%
- Wind: 10 mph WNW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Western Michigan Broncos?The Broncos opened their season with an impressive 48-13 win over Monmouth, a game that they started as a 25-point favorite. It was a solid start to the season for Western Michigan, but they will be under no illusions that this one will be as easy. After all, they have played the Spartans 7 times in the past and have never won.
Furthermore, the average margin of victory in those games was a touch over 20 points, so they are certainly going to be up against it here. While the Broncos are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games played in September, it is worth noting that they are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Week 2 games. Each of their last 6 meetings with Big Ten opposition has seen the total go UNDER.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 15.71
- Rush Yards: 52.43
- Pass Attempts: 44.71
- Completion Percentage: 51.12
- Passing Yards: 222.71
- Total Yards: 275.14
- Turnovers: 2.86
Why bet on the Michigan State Spartans?A win is a win, no matter which way you slice it, but the 28-7 win for the Michigan State Spartans over Tulsa in Week 1 was about as ugly as it gets. The good news was that the defense was about as stout as it gets, allowing just 80 yards of total offense in the win.
Last week, the Spartans failed to cover the spread, which has now been the outcome in each of their last 5 games. They are now also on a run where the UNDER has hit in each of their last 9 games, so there are some very definite trends to look at if you are thinking of playing some money on the Spartans. The UNDER has also hit in 4 of their last 5 Week 2 outings.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 35.14
- Rush Yards: 205.14
- Pass Attempts: 31.00
- Completion Percentage: 56.22
- Passing Yards: 226.86
- Total Yards: 432.00
- Turnovers: 1.29
Western Michigan vs Michigan State 2019 College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
- Broncos are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
- Broncos are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games played in September
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Western Michigan’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Big 10 conference
- Spartans are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Western Michigan
- Spartans are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games played on a Saturday
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 5 games played in week 2
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Western Michigan vs Michigan StateIt’s going to be interesting to see if the Spartans offense can kick it up a notch at home. I think they might look a little better, but I also believe that the Broncos will do just enough to cover the spread.
Score: Western Michigan Broncos 17 – Michigan State Spartans 30