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CFB : Teaser Line Matchup
Saturday 10/20/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




MICHIGAN (6 - 1) at MICHIGAN ST (4 - 2)
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Week 8 Saturday, 10/20/2018 12:00 PM
Board SideTotal
331MICHIGAN-1Over 34.5
332MICHIGAN ST+13Under 46.5
MICHIGAN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-1+2.44-34-338.120.3424.0(6.5)0.715.48.4238.0(3.9)1.1
Road Games1-1-0.60-20-218.58.5341.5(5.1)1.020.519.0252.0(3.8)0.5
Last 3 Games3-0+32-12-133.312.3428.3(6.3)0.317.010.3235.0(4.4)1.0
Grass Games1-0+10-10-120.07.0376.0(5.7)
Conference Games4-0+43-13-139.019.0444.0(6.4)0.515.27.7209.2(3.9)1.2
MICHIGAN - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)38.120.320.933:2041-217(5.3)17-2567.0%207(8.2)66-424(6.5)(11.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games18.58.519.033:0737-119(3.2)19-3065.0%222(7.4)67-341(5.1)(18.5)
Defense (All Games)15.48.415.626:4035-109(3.1)13-2551.1%129(5.1)61-238(3.9)(15.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.29.71421.729:2739-184(4.7)19-3260.9%232(7.3)71-416(5.8)(14)
Defense Road Games20.519.018.026:5340-80(2)14-2554.9%172(6.7)66-252(3.8)(12.3)

MICHIGAN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-2-12-44-226.212.3394.5(5.3)1.722.38.7348.7(5.1)1.7
Home Games2-1-4.20-33-029.314.3407.3(5.5)1.326.710.3323.3(5)2.0
Last 3 Games2-101-22-123.710.0396.0(5)
Grass Games3-2-21-43-224.410.6403.4(5.3)
Conference Games2-1+12-12-125.011.3397.7(5.2)2.022.311.7359.7(5.2)1.7
MICHIGAN ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.212.322.534:2736-123(3.4)23-3860.1%271(7.1)74-394(5.3)(15.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.411.321.432:1441-163(3.9)19-3259.3%213(6.6)74-375(5.1)(15.4)
Offense Home Games29.314.322.736:2138-140(3.7)23-3763.6%267(7.3)74-407(5.5)(13.9)
Defense (All Games)22.38.718.825:3327-62(2.3)27-4263.9%286(6.8)69-349(5.1)(15.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.32.117.521.828:4536-162(4.5)22-3562.1%249(7)71-411(5.8)(12.8)
Defense Home Games26.710.318.023:3922-32(1.4)27-4263.5%291(6.9)64-323(5)(12.1)
Average power rating of opponents played: MICHIGAN 37.7,  MICHIGAN ST 39.7
MICHIGAN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/1/2018@ NOTRE DAME17-24L-3L48.5U33-5824-36-249247-13212-22-1701
9/8/2018W MICHIGAN49-3W-27.5W56U35-30813-18-143040-12316-34-851
9/29/2018@ NORTHWESTERN20-17W-14.5L46.5U42-18015-24-196034-2816-29-1740
10/20/2018@ MICHIGAN ST            
11/3/2018PENN ST            
11/10/2018@ RUTGERS            

MICHIGAN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/31/2018UTAH ST38-31W-23.5L51.5O42-16523-33-287225-2529-44-3192
9/8/2018@ ARIZONA ST13-16L-4.5L53U27-6327-39-314129-4430-48-3801
9/22/2018@ INDIANA35-21W-6.5W52O40-13115-26-219432-2932-46-2722
9/29/2018C MICHIGAN31-20W-27.5L45.5O47-16016-25-185122-6320-35-1822
10/13/2018@ PENN ST21-17W13.5W54U36-12325-53-295132-20519-32-1921
11/3/2018@ MARYLAND            
11/10/2018OHIO ST            
11/17/2018@ NEBRASKA            
MICHIGAN: While some might not want to admit it, Jim Harbaugh's return to Michigan hasn't yet yielded the desired results. The Wolverines haven't made it to a Big Ten Championship Game, and they also haven't beaten the Buckeyes. But this could be the year that changes. Ole Miss transfer QB Shea Patterson is now the face of this Michigan program, and he put up some impressive numbers as a freshman in the SEC. The Wolverines also have a great group of pass-catchers, as Grant Perry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Eddie McDoom and Tarik Black are all capable of making big plays. Michigan is also stacked on defense, as DT Rashan Gary is a stud and the secondary is tough to beat. Ohio State might be the favorite to win the conference, but Michigan represents some serious value for futures bettors.
MICHIGAN ST: This program has quietly been one of the best in the country since 2010, winning 10 or more games in six of the past eight seasons. This year, quarterback Brian Lewerke is back under center for the Spartans. Lewerke is a solid passer from the pocket, but he also has the speed to make plays with his legs. That keeps defenses off balance, and it also creates more room for running back LJ Scott to work with. It's highly likely that Scott turns in a career year for Michigan State, which returns nine total starters on offense. As for the Spartans defense, this should be an elite run-stuffing group up front. But if MSU is going to contend for the conference title, then it will need to do a better job of getting after the quarterback.
No. 6 Michigan prepares for rivalry game against Michigan State

The annual showdown between Michigan and Michigan State doesn't need more than bragging rights to bring out the best in both football teams. When the game has Big Ten implications, it just adds more juice to a heated rivalry.

Thanks to the Spartans' 21-17 upset at Penn State last weekend, both teams head into Saturday's matchup at Spartan Stadium with aspirations of winning the conference title.

The sixth-ranked Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have won six straight and are tied with Ohio State atop the Eastern Division standings. No. 24 Michigan State (4-2, 2-1) is tied with Maryland in third place, 1 1/2 games behind the top pair.

"If you can play well in October, then you're going to be in the hunt for things in November," Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. "So that's our intent as we move forward. I think it intensifies things."

The Spartans have won four of the last five meetings with Michigan and eight of the last 10.

"I experienced things first-hand at the start when Coach (Nick) Saban was here, and so I understood when I came back as the head football coach how important this game was to our fans, to the state, and sort of went from it from there," said Dantonio, who is 8-3 against the Wolverines.

Michigan State used a variety of trick plays to stick close to the Nittany Lions but churned out an old-fashioned two-minute drive to win it. Quarterback Brian Lewerke connected with Felton Davis III from 25 yards out for the game-winning score with 19 seconds left.

That should serve as a confidence builder for Lewerke, who has been intercepted at least once in every game this season. He's thrown eight scoring passes and been picked off seven times.

Michigan State's top running back, LJ Scott, has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, and his status for Saturday is uncertain.

Michigan jumped into the Top 10 after clobbering Wisconsin 38-13 on Saturday night.

Coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't been able to deliver what Michigan fans really want during the regular season -- victories over Michigan State and Ohio State. The Wolverines are 1-5 in those games since Harbaugh took over the program.

The lone win came in East Lansing two seasons ago. Michigan came away with a 32-23 victory but lost at home to the Spartans a year ago, 14-10, on a rainy night in Ann Arbor.

Harbaugh was predictably tight-lipped about facing the Spartans, simply calling it a "big game" and a "great opportunity."

Michigan linebacker Josh Ross was much more open with his feelings.

"It's a big deal for me personally and for the team," he said.

Revenge isn't the biggest motivation factor, according to Ross.

"We don't really pay attention to that," Ross said of the Wolverines' recent record against Michigan State. "We're just looking at this year. We're ready to go this year. We know the confidence we have and how good we can be."

Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson has been quite good this season and showed another dimension against Wisconsin. Patterson completed 67 percent of his passes against the Badgers and was even more dangerous with his feet, breaking off an 81-yard run and scampering another 7 yards for a touchdown.

"Better each week," Harbaugh said of his quarterback. "He finds another thing to be really good at every single week. This past week his running ability and his ballhandling was superb with the fakes, carrying out the fakes, his decision-making, ball security -- he does a great job of taking care of the football. He had one (throw) that he forced in this ballgame last week and that's the first one I can remember."

Patterson has thrown for 10 touchdown passes while getting picked off just three times this season.

No. 1 running back Karan Higdon has gained over 100 yards in each of the last five games in which he's played. He has rushed for 687 yards (5.7 per carry) and scored six touchdowns for the season.

He'll face the top rushing defense in the nation. The Spartans have allowed just 2.34 yards per carry.

"They're very stout up front," Harbaugh said. "They've got some real hard-playing guys and their linebackers are some of the best in the league."

Last Updated: 5/30/2020 6:17:49 AM EST

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