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3 best bets for Michigan State football vs. Washington

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.

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Michigan State football: Whose stock is on the rise after WMU win?

Whose stock is on the rise after Michigan State football’s 35-13 win over Western Michigan to start the year?

One game is in the books and Michigan State football has been the subject of criticism from rival fans and even some national analysts.

But that doesn’t mean the Spartans lacked positives.

The Michigan State football defense looked improved in some areas despite losing Xavier Henderson and Darius Snow and Simeon Barrow didn’t play the entire second half.

The offense also had its moments and put up 35 points and yet left 17-21 points on the field.

There’s room for growth, but there are a few guys whose stocks are on the rise.

Whose stock is skyrocketing after the season-opening win over WMU?

Jacoby Windmon, EDGE

If you haven’t already purchased stock in Jacoby Windmon, you may be too late. He had a monster opener, rivaling (but not really) Kenneth Walker III’s breakout in the first game of 2021. Windmon finished with four sacks and seven total tackles after moving over from linebacker to defensive end.

The Brandon Jordan Effect (trademark pending, hopefully) was in full swing and Windmon was the main beneficiary. He looked like the best player on the field all night long against WMU.

Keon Coleman, WR

If it were up to Keon Coleman, everyone would have already purchased his stock.

The sophomore led all receivers on Friday night with four catches for 84 yards and his first touchdown at Spartan Stadium. He just looked like a different player out there than a year ago — he’s built like a truck and he still has speed and athleticism to burn. Coleman was a matchup nightmare at receiver all night and probably should have put up even better numbers, but Payton Thorne was a little off.

Michigan State football may have found its post-Jayden Reed WR1.

Chester Kimbrough, DB

Are you as surprised to see this name on a list of players with rising stocks as I am? Probably, right?

Chester Kimbrough had his best game as a Spartan against Western Michigan on Friday, posting a career-best PFF rating and looking like the best defensive back on the field.

The second-year Spartan came in as a cornerback but moved to nickel and looks to be more confident this season. If the opener is a sign of what to expect moving forward, Kimbrough is going to be a very pleasant surprise in 2022.

Daniel Barker, TE

I wanted to see a lot more out of the tight ends against Western Michigan, but outside of Daniel Barker, the rest of the group was quiet. Barker, too, is capable of much more, but we saw him flash those strong mitts on a one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone for an early score. He can be that dude.

Jalen Berger, RB

Anyone who joined my Spartan Shadows watch party for the opener knows who I favor in the backfield. I’m driving the Jarek Broussard bandwagon and I still am despite him having a quiet game compared to Jalen Berger. But what we saw from the Wisconsin running back transfer was impressive. He finished with 120 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and it looks like he could be the workhorse.

Berger showcased good vision, strength, and some nice speed in the open field for more of a power back.

Michigan State’s backfield duo is going to be a problem for opponents.

Ben VanSumeren, LB

With Darius Snow going down, no one is going to mean more to the linebacking corps than Ben VanSumeren. Like Chester Kimbrough, VanSumeren wasn’t a name that was on my radar heading into the opener, but he shocked me by how great he looked against the Broncos.

VanSumeren led the team with 11 tackles and a tackle for loss and showcased his speed, strength, and IQ from the linebacker position. It looks like he’s going to be the surprise of the defense this season.

Germie Bernard, WR

It’s so early in Germie Bernard’s career, but I’m buying all the stock now. He had one reception for 44 yards and a touchdown against Western and the catch and run was impressive. Bernard reached up for a slightly high pass, slipped past his defender, and sprinted by everyone for the score.

This receiving corps is going to be scary this season.

Other Michigan State football players who I thought played well but didn’t necessarily make the cut were Khris Bogle and Barrow and already-proven stars like Bryce Baringer, Tre Mosley, and Jayden Reed looked good.

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Michigan State football: News, notes after first fall scrimmage

The first scrimmage of the fall is in the books and Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker spoke to the media on Monday.

Less than three weeks stand between Michigan State football and the start of the 2022 campaign and that means it’s one thing: it’s preseason hype season.

The first preseason scrimmage took place over the weekend and Mel Tucker spoke to the media on Monday about what he saw and what stood out. He spoke highly of a handful of true freshmen, his quarterback, Keon Coleman, the running game, Daniel Barker, and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the news and notes from Monday’s post-practice (and post-scrimmage) media session along with my thoughts that no one really asked for.

Honestly, coachspeak, but you still love to see that he didn’t say he was disappointed in anything. It seems like the team is buying into the vision.

I’m on the Jarek Broussard bandwagon, but I also love hearing about Jalen Berger success. If he’s playing well, that means Michigan State has a legit two-headed monster in the backfield. Quite the replacement for Kenneth Walker III.

Competition is only going to be a good thing here.

Linebacking corps: deep. Daniel Barker: potentially elite. Love to see it.

Just yesterday, Keon Coleman told everyone to buy stock in Keon Coleman. Today, he told everyone to watch out for a breakout season from him and Tucker says that he’s realizing his potential. Also, I’m here for all the Germie Bernard hype.

Also, there’s a fun battle for WR3. It’s ultimately going to be Coleman, but it’s good to see Bernard stepping up and also Christian Fitzpatrick. That’s a name I thought I’d hear a lot more of when he transferred to MSU.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see what the cornerbacks look like after an offseason of working with Tucker.

Jack Stone was my pick to win the job, but this makes it seem uncertain. Not having a clear starting kicker to start the season is slightly concerning. OK, it’s not slightly concerning, it’s very concerning.

Love to see Mark Dantonio still supporting the program in retirement.

Accountability is key. Tucker isn’t going to accept excuses or anything of the sort and that’s how you build championship programs.

This is not incredibly surprising, but depth is definitely a concern.

Ending on this note because some of these guys have gone under the radar. Bernard is going to be a star in East Lansing and he’ll probably play extensively but Tyrell Henry and Ade Willie have been almost forgotten. It’s good to see they’re playing well.

Raise your hand if you love preseason hype season.

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Keon Coleman says it’s time to buy stock in Keon Coleman

If you’ve been following Keon Coleman since he joined Michigan State football, you’d know he’s not lacking any confidence.

Keon Coleman has just seven career receptions, but there’s no doubt about it: he’s a fan favorite.

Michigan State fans have embraced Coleman ever since he committed to the Spartans over dozens of potential suitors. He’s a dual-sport star and arguably one of the most naturally gifted and athletic prospects the program has had over the past few years.

It was clear right away that Coleman was going to be a really good Spartan football player.

Although he had just seven catches for 50 yards as a true freshman, he showed flashes and he has the frame and athleticism that will make him a matchup nightmare for defensive backs.

Following the football season, he turned right around and played for Tom Izzo.

Hard-working doesn’t even begin to describe Coleman. He’s a hard worker, he’s athletic, he’s strong, he’s talented, and he’s confident.

How confident? According to Keon Coleman, you should “buy the stock” in Keon Coleman now.

Brimming with confidence, Coleman believes he is ready to take that next step.

I believe him and you should, too.

Coleman stands 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he has strong hands, and he is a better athlete than most defenders he’ll face this season. He also has a job as a starter this year. Everything is lining up for Coleman to be a superstar in this Michigan State offense.

What’s going to help him even more is the fact that Jayden Reed is going to garner a ton of attention, allowing Coleman to draw single coverage often. I’m taking him in a one-on-one situation 10 times out of 10.

Someone has to fill that Jalen Nailor-sized void in the receiving corps and while I believe both Reed and Tre Mosley are going to have big seasons, Coleman is going to become a household name in 2022 and he’d be the first to tell you that. Actually, he has been saying that.

And his rapport with Payton Thorne is fantastic.

Coleman says to buy stock in Coleman and here’s a recap as to why you should:

  • He’s big-bodied.
  • He’s strong.
  • He’s more mature.
  • He’s a freak athlete.
  • He’s finally getting his opportunity.
  • Reed, Mosley will open him up to single coverage more.
  • He’s confident.
  • He has a good connection with Thorne.

Consider me a majority shareholder in Coleman stock.

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Buy stock in these Michigan State football players ahead of 2022

Fresh off an 11-2 season, Michigan State football is looking to prove that 2021 wasn’t a fluke. In order to do that, the Spartans must rely on some role players from last season along with some incoming transfers to step up.

We saw Kenneth Walker III go from little-known transfer to Doak Walker Award winner last year while Payton Thorne broke school records and the duo of Jalen Nailor and Jayden Reed contributed to one of the Big Ten’s most explosive offenses. If only you bought stock in those guys before the year.

Don’t worry, I have you covered ahead of this season.

Time to buy stock in these guys.

Keon Coleman, WR, Sophomore

I don’t think it’s possible to be higher on someone, but Keon Coleman is just that good. The former four-star receiver from Louisiana is a freak athlete, standing 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds; he’s built like a truck, in the best way possible. He had a quiet freshman season but was extremely raw and now that he’s being thrown into the starting lineup, he should take a massive leap. If he plays even remotely close to his potential, he might just stumble his way into an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection this year.

Jacoby Windmon, LB, Senior

An All-Mountain West linebacker Jacoby Windmon broke out with UNLV in 2021 but now he’s joining a legit playoff contender in East Lansing. Going from the Group of Five to the Power Five is an adjustment, but Windmon has the look of a budding star. He had 119 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks as a junior with UNLV and while he may not put up video game-like numbers like that with the Spartans, he’s probably going to be a starter and he’s one of the most talented guys on that side of the ball.

Jarek Broussard, RB, Junior

How do you replace one of the best running backs in school history? You go to the same well (portal) that brought you said all-time rusher. That’s exactly what Mel Tucker did (twice) this offseason, landing Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger and Colorado transfer Jarek Broussard. Both will be really good in this offense, but if I had to choose one who could be that next Kenneth Walker III, it would have to be Broussard. He’s a shifty runner with good vision and solid speed and he’s built to last in the Big Ten. The former Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year is going to make it two straight years with a 1,000-yard rusher.

These highlights should make you giddy:

Khris Bogle, DE, Senior

Three years ago, Khris Bogle was a top-100 recruit and he was being compared to Seattle Seahawks’ outside linebacker and former first-rounder Barkevious Mingo. Fast forward to 2022 and he has 30 games with the Florida Gators under his belt and just 67 career tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and seven sacks. The Florida transfer is capable of so much more and he’s placing his trust in Brandon Jordan — which is about to pay off in a big way. We’re going to see a massive uptick at defensive end this season with Bogle becoming a star.

Geno VanDeMark, OL, Freshman

Geno VanDeMark was one of the top signees in Michigan State’s 2021 recruiting class from New Jersey and he redshirted his freshman season. With a year of experience under his belt and a clear need along that offensive line, I can see VanDeMark being this year’s breakout star in the trenches. There are a few linemen to buy stock in, but VanDeMark has the tools and he can be a bully on the interior, paving the way for Broussard to run wild.

Spartan Nation, let’s ride.