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Vegas projects the winner of the Michigan State football QB battle

Who does Vegas see trotting out there in Week 1?



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No one knows who’s going to win the Michigan State football quarterback battle, but Vegas has an early guess.

Wednesday kicked off the annual Big Ten Media Days and that just means that any team with a quarterback battle is going to be questioned. That includes Michigan State football.

The Spartans lost Payton Thorne to Auburn which opened the door for unproven veteran passer Noah Kim and anticipated second-year gunslinger Katin Houser to battle it out. The battle has been ongoing since the spring but we’ll surely get a better grasp on the leader in the coming month as practice gets underway.

Is there a favorite to win the race? It’s hard to say, but Vegas weighed in with some odds this week.

According to BetOnline, Kim is a pretty healthy favorite.

Kim starting Week 1 is a -200 bet while Houser would win you some money if he trots out there as the starter against Central Michigan at +150. This isn’t a huge shock as Kim is the veteran in the quarterback room and he’s learned the offense for years while Houser is the unproven underclassman. Still, Houser is a former blue-chip and Elite 11 quarterback so a lot of fans are hoping he takes the field as QB1 in the opener.

If you like to bet on anything and everything and have a good hunch about the quarterback job, take a swing.

Justin Thind shared some other interesting bets from BetOnline regarding quarterback battles as Thorne is the underdog for the Auburn job and former five-star target Dante Moore is (surprisingly) projected to back up Ethan Garbers. I’d probably put money on both Thorne and Moore starting at Auburn and UCLA, respectively.

Whoever starts for Michigan State, however, faces the tough task of turning the program back in the right direction after the disaster that was 2022. Vegas thinks it’s Kim. But I do like the underdog odds.

Writer, co-owner of Spartan Shadows. Michigan State and college football expert at FanSided and formerly of The Detroit News. Expert on all things Michigan State. Connor Muldowney has written about Michigan State since graduating from the university with a degree in journalism back in 2013. Ten years of experience as a Michigan State writer/reporter.