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Michigan State Spartans National Championship Odds
The Michigan State Spartans were deluged by injuries a season ago, and as a result, any real chance of competing for a Big Ten championship went up in smoke. The Spartans have used the offseason to get healthy and a great deal of impact returners are back in Lansing for 2019. Even though this team may not be in the same tier as programs like Ohio State and Michigan in the conference, it is an intriguing underdog selection. Michigan State has a veteran quarterback and a strong defense -- a pair of facets that can help a team go a long way. It’s an important season for the Spartans as they aim to get back among the conference’s best.
2019 Michigan State Spartans at a Glance
Spartans National Championship Odds: 200/1
Spartans Odds To Win Big Ten: +1000
Spartans Regular Season Win Total: 7.5
Michigan State went 7-6 a year ago. Lewerke suffered a shoulder injury in the middle of the season and tried to play through it but was not effective. He finished the season with 2,040 yards passing, eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions. A healthy and efficient Lewerke is needed in order for the Spartans to surpass expectations in 2019. He will have a trio of solid receivers in Cody White, Darrell Stewart and Jalen Nailor, while Connor Heyward should once again see time in the backfield. The Spartans are expected to play with a faster tempo on offense this season as the Big Ten is slowly catching up to the rest of college football when it comes to offensive creativity.
The defense will be the team’s bread and butter. The Spartans led the country in rush defense a year ago and return three stellar linemen in Kenny Willekes, Mike Panasiuk and Raequan Williams. Joe Bachie returns as the all-important middle linebacker and he will be flanked by Tyriq Thompson and Antjuan Simmons. David Dowell and Josiah Scott will lead the way in the secondary.
The Michigan State offense clearly needs to get back on track after a poor 2018, but considering so much of that was injury-related, hopes are deservedly high. This is the type of team which could easily zoom past its projected win total and have an impact on the Big Ten race, either by contending itself or pulling off an upset of one of the traditional powers.
2019 Michigan State Spartans Betting Schedule
||Michigan State vs. Tulsa
||Friday, August 30
||Michigan State vs. Western Michigan
||Saturday, September 7
||Michigan State vs. Arizona State
||Saturday, September 14
||Michigan State at Northwestern
||Saturday, September 21
||Michigan State vs. Indiana
||Saturday, September 28
||Michigan State at Ohio State
||Saturday, October 5
||Michigan State at Wisconsin
||Saturday, October 12
||Michigan State vs. Penn State
||Saturday, October 26
||Michigan State vs. Illinois
||Saturday, November 9
||Michigan State at Michigan
||Saturday, November 16
||Michigan State at Rutgers
||Saturday, November 23
||Michigan State vs. Maryland
||Saturday, November 30
Often viewed as the ugly step-child of Michigan, the Spartans have tried valiantly to change the perception by outdoing the Wolverines on the playing field. It hasn’t always worked, but Michigan State has had some impressive runs. After years as an independent, MSU joined the Big Ten in 1953 following back-to-back 9-0 seasons and won the conference title outright in its first year. The Spartans accepted an invitation to the Rose Bowl where they beat USC to cap a 9-1 season with the program’s first bowl victory.
The Spartans have won nine Big Ten titles with three coming under current coach Mark Dantonio. And Sparty did something in 2015 that Michigan has yet to accomplish. MSU won the Big Ten East, beat Iowa in the conference championship and reached the College Football Playoff. The season ended with a 38-0 loss to Alabama, but the Spartans can cling to that in their rivalry with UM.
MSU fell short of winning a national championship that season, but the school claims six titles, the last coming in 1966 when the Spartans went 9-0-1. The team enjoyed moderate success since that campaign, putting together winning seasons and bowl appearances. But the program reached new levels under Dantonio, who took over in 2007. In 2010, MSU set a school record with 11 victories and matched that the next season. Two years later the Spartans established a new record with 13 victories and they’ve compiled at least 10 victories six times under Dantonio. The program is in good shape and is hoping for a bounceback season in 2019 with plenty of returning experience spearheading that belief.
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