Preview: Michigan at Michigan State

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan


No. 5 Michigan State is on a collision course with Ohio State for the Big Ten title and a potential berth in the College Football Playoff, but the Spartans first have to deal with a bitter rival when struggling Michigan pays a visit Saturday. The Spartans have won five straight overall and five of the last six in the series, but they are not about to overlook the Wolverines. "This is still the most important game for me, personally, and for our program," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio told reporters.

Michigan ended a three-game skid with an 18-13 home win over Penn State on Oct. 11 and had a bye week to prepare for the powerhouse Spartans, who held the Wolverines to minus-48 yards rushing in last season's 29-6 drubbing. While beleaguered coach Brady Hoke said his team used the extra time to establish a ground game, his players are not ready to accept a role as spoilers. "We're not thinking about ruining their season," Michigan QB Devin Gardner told reporters. "This is about us. I want to win this game as bad as I've wanted to win any game."

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Michigan State --17

ABOUT MICHIGAN (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten): The Wolverines, who absorbed three losses in September for the first time in the school's 135-yard history, received next to nothing from their stagnant running game in the victory over Penn State, managing only 64 yards on 31 attempts. Gardner (six TDs, eight INTs) accounted for the only touchdown with a 43-yard scoring strike to Devin Funchess, but now he has to find a way to solve a Michigan State defense that sacked him seven times last season and has limited Michigan to six field goals over the past two seasons. With running back Derrick Green out for the season with a broken clavicle, Funchess is the top weapon on offense with 36 receptions for 461 yards and four touchdowns.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (6-1, 3-0): The team with the most rushing yards has won 41 of the past 44 meetings in the series and that tilts the odds heavily in favor of the Spartans, who rank 16th nationally with 260 yards per game. Running back Jeremy Langford has ripped off four consecutive 100-yard games and 11 straight overall against Big Ten competition after going for 109 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 56-17 drubbing at Indiana. Quarterback Connor Cook, who has never lost to a conference opponent (12-0) and is coming off his second 300-yard game of the season, has an elite target in wide receiver Tony Lippett, a senior who has hauled in eight scoring passes and has eclipsed 100 yards in each of the past three contests. 

EXTRA POINTS

1. Michigan State has won 12 straight Big Ten regular-season games and 13 in a row against league foes, including a victory in 2013 conference title game.

2. Funchess has at least one reception in 20 consecutive games dating to the 2012 season.

3. The Spartans have rolled up 329 points, the highest total through seven games in school history. 

PREDICTION: Michigan State 30, Michigan 17
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Michigan 3-4 W1 21.7 21.4 3-2 0-2 0-1 0-0 1-2
Michigan State 6-1 W5 47.0 21.6 4-0 2-1 5-0 0-0 3-0

Last Meeting

Michigan Michigan State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/2/13 MICH 6 MSU 29 168 -48 216 394 142 252

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MICH D. Gardner 51.9 210 0 1
MSU C. Cook 54.5 252 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MICH F. Toussaint 8 20 2.5 0
MSU J. Langford 26 120 4.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MICH J. Chesson 3 82 27.3 0
MSU B. Fowler 6 75 12.5 1
TDs Player TD
MICH K. Allen 0
MSU C. Cook 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MICH D. Gardner 63.2 1103 6 8
MSU C. Cook 61.4 1641 16 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MICH D. Green 82 471 5.7 3
MSU J. Langford 125 664 5.3 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MICH D. Funchess 36 461 12.8 4
MSU T. Lippett 39 786 20.2 8
TDs Player TD
MICH D. Funchess 4
MSU T. Lippett 9

Quickchart Matchup

Michigan Off vs  Michigan State Def
340 yards
292.7 yards
4.7 yards/rush
3.4 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt
Michigan State Off vs  Michigan Def
525.1 yards
301 yards
5.4 yards/rush
2.7 yards/rush
8.9 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-15.5
-110
49.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-17.5
-110
50.5
Sportsbook
-110
-17.5
-110
50.5
5Dimes.eu
-110
-17
-110
49.5
GTBets.eu
-115
-17
-110
49.5
Top Bet
-105
-17.5
-110
49
BetOnline.ag
-115
-17
-110
49.5
BetDSI
-115
-17
-110
49.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-17.5
-110
50.5
BookMaker.eu
-115
-17
-110
49.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-17
-110
49.5
Mirage
-110
-17
OFF
Station
-110
-17
-110
49.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Michigan Overall Michigan State
3-4-0 W/L 6-1-0
3-4-0 ATS 4-3-0
3-4-0 O/U 6-1-0
21.7 Pts For 47.0
21.4 Pts Against 21.6
Michigan A/H Michigan State
0-2 W/L 4-0
1-1-0 ATS 3-1-0
1-1-0 O/U 3-1-0
12.0 Pts For 50.2
28.5 Pts Against 14.2