The #18 overall Michigan State Spartans (2-0) host the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0) in Week 3 College Football action from East Lansing. Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM EST on Saturday, September 14th at Spartan Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 3 college football odds, Michigan State opened as an 11-point home favorite earlier this week. That line has increased by over two full points after early betting, as the Spartans are currently listed at -13.5. The total for the game is sitting at 42.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Michigan State vs Arizona State
Arizona State moved to 2-0 overall on the season after a hard fought 19-7 victory over Sacramento State at home in Week 2. The Sun Devils couldn’t seem to get a lot going offensively in the first half, scoring just a field goal. However, the offense really turned it on down the stretch, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. QB Jayden Daniels was solid, going 17/27 for 304 yards and a touchdown. While RB Eno Benjamin didn’t have his best game rushing the ball, he did have four receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. WR Brandon Aiyuk also had a strong performance, catching four passes for 98 receiving yards. Overall, Arizona State gained just under 400 total yards and scored one touchdown against the Hornets defense.
The Sun Devils defense had a very strong outing against Sacramento State, holding them to just one touchdown all game. Arizona State was exceptionally tough against the rush in particular, as no Hornets player gained more than 32 yards on the ground.
Michigan State also improved to 2-0 on the season in Week 2 after crushing Western Michigan 51-17 at home. The Spartans offense was definitely firing on all cylinders early, scoring 21 unanswered points in the first quarter and cruising to victory from there. QB Brian Lewerke was very impressive, going 23/32 for 314 yards and three touchdowns despite throwing an interception. RB Elijah Collins had a monster day on the ground, rushing for 192 yards on 17 carries. Several receivers also had good days for the Michigan State offense, as the tandem of Darrell Stewart Jr. and Cody White combined for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
The Spartans defense was pretty solid for the most part, although they did give up 10-points during garbage time in the fourth quarter once the game was already out of reach. Michigan State also forced several key turnovers including two interceptions.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Michigan State -13.5
Even though I have some concerns with how the Spartans offense might perform against an above average defense, I still think Michigan State offers the best value in this matchup. There is no doubt they haven’t forgotten what happened when these two teams met last season in Arizona, which has to still leave a sour taste in their collective mouths. I also think the Sun Devils offense will have trouble keeping pace with Michigan State, as Eno Benjamin has not really looked like himself over the first two weeks of the season. This is especially concerning considering that he hasn’t exactly been going up against defensive powerhouses either. However, this week Benjamin faces a Spartans rush defense that has allowed under 100 yards on the ground combined over their first two games.
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Everyone is aware that the Michigan State offense didn’t look great against Tulsa in Week 1. However, I was really impressed with how the Spartans rebounded against Western Michigan last weekend. Yes, the Broncos aren’t exactly the strongest program but Lewerke, Collins, and Stewart Jr. all had massive days after underwhelming against the Golden Hurricane. The turnaround in performance displayed by Elijah Collins is especially noteworthy considering he went from rushing for just 17 yards on eight carries in Week 1 to rushing for almost 200 yards in Week 2. As long as this spread stays below two touchdowns, I’m going to take the home favorite to cover. Give me the Spartans!