Michigan State football and Minnesota will face off in a huge Big Ten showdown on Saturday. Which bets catch my eye?
For the second straight week, Michigan State football enters a game as an underdog.
The Spartans host undefeated Minnesota on Saturday afternoon for their Big Ten opener and all eyes will be on this game as both teams are looking to make a statement. Will the Spartans bounce back? Will Minnesota prove to be the tougher team? A lot is riding on this game.
Michigan State still has all of its goals in front of it and a win over the Gophers would help kick off an excruciatingly-tough stretch on the right foot.
If you’re like me and never bet on Michigan State football games, there’s no need to read on. But if you’re unlike me and love to just throw money on everything, I’m going to give you my best bets for Saturday’s contest.
Disclaimer: These are my opinions and shouldn’t be considered betting advice. All odds are from Fanduel as of Friday afternoon.
1. Michigan State moneyline (+118)
This might be a bit of a homer pick, but I honestly think Michigan State pulls this one off on Saturday and it has a lot to do with trusting Mel Tucker. He usually makes necessary adjustments after losses and I see him doing just that on Saturday afternoon. Michigan State is a home dog but I think it handles the Gophers on Saturday in a strength-on-strength battle. This is a classic Tucker statement game.
2. Jalen Berger anytime TD scorer (-105)
Jalen Berger was held out of the end zone against Washington and it was the first game of his Spartan career in which he didn’t score. I think he gets back on track with a touchdown against the Gophers as the Spartans will try to establish the run.
3. Total first-half points under 25.5 (-106)
Minnesota’s defense is known for being stingy and its offense relies much more on the run than it does the pass. If anything, the long drives that the Gophers put together on the ground will melt the clock and they may score a couple of times, but it won’t be a shootout. I’m thinking this one is a 14-10 score at halftime in favor of the Spartans.
If you combine these three bets, you could get +640 odds. Throw a quick $5 on that and you win over $32. Not too bad for what I would consider a rather safe parlay. These bets are in order of what I like the best to which one I’m least confident about.