Michigan State football travels to Washington on Saturday evening. These are the three best bets for this matchup.
Folks, we are already in Week 3 of the Michigan State football season and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking to make up for some losses on your betting apps.
However, if you’re anything like me, that also means you refuse to bet on Michigan State. I simply cannot trade happiness for money and vice versa.
But I’m still going to do my best to give you what I think are the three best bets for Saturday night’s Michigan State football game at Washington. There are some player props as well as popular bets that I think both provide good standalone value as well as a great parlay opportunity.
Sure, you could parlay these three bets but you could also take each one on its own and play it safe. What fun is playing it safe, though?
These odds are from FanDuel as of Thursday, Sept. 15.
Disclaimer: This is not betting advice, but rather simply my opinion.
3. Over 56.5 points (-110)
Washington is averaging 48.5 points over the first two games and Michigan State is at 43.5 points. Basically, both of these teams have had zero trouble moving the ball and their defenses haven’t been tested yet. We’re going to see a lot of points on Saturday night.
Even if both teams go under their average by a couple of touchdowns, they’ll hit that over. Plus, overs are way more fun to root for than unders.
This one just feels like an easy choice with Michael Penix Jr. playing well along with the Spartans’ run game.
2. Keon Coleman anytime TD scorer (+175)
This is the best value on the list. Out of all my best bets, this is the only one with plus odds. That’s how confident I am about Keon Coleman reaching the end zone against the Huskies, though.
Washington hasn’t faced a receiver that’s built like Coleman yet and he may be shouldering an even larger workload with Jayden Reed hampered. I would be surprised if Reed doesn’t play and that would actually be better because it’ll spread the focus around. Coleman is going to catch at least one 50/50 jump ball down the field and I could see him Moss-ing a defensive back for a score. He was quiet last game, but he won’t be quiet two in a row.
1. Jalen Berger over 75.5 rushing yards (-115)
I have to say that I feel better about this bet than any of the others on this list and it’s because Jalen Berger hasn’t rushed for under 100 yards in a game as a Spartan yet. He has two 100-yard games under his belt and he may very well make it three on Saturday against a defense that has allowed 150 yards per game on the ground against inferior foes.
The Michigan State football backfield has been very good in the post-Kenneth Walker III era and that will continue vs. Washington. Berger will break this 75.5-yard mark by the end of the third quarter.
Parlaying my three “best bets” would give you +603 odds on FanDuel. So if you throw $10 on it, you’re winning $60.38. Not too shabby.
My bonus pick for the night would be Payton Thorne over 213.5 yards (-115). He broke that mark once already this year and was two yards short last week but he’s due. Thorne is going to finally play well.
Don’t be like me and play it safe.