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College Football Betting Preview: Washington Huskies vs. Michigan State Spartans

September 16, 2023


The #8-ranked Washington Huskies travel to take on the 2-0 Michigan State Spartans in a battle of Pac-12 vs. Big Ten in week 3 of the college football season. Washington enters this game with a record of 2-0 following wins at home against the Boise State Broncos by a score of 56-19 and the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes by a score of 43-10 while the Michigan State Spartans enter this game with a record of 2-0 following wins at home against the Central Michigan Chippewas by a score of 31-7 and 45-14 against the Richmond Spiders in week 2. 

Which team will improve to 3-0 this season with a win in this matchup on Saturday evening? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Washington Huskies enter this game ranked 8th in the AP Poll and 8th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 2-0 following a 43-10 win at home against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, however, Washington failed to cover the 34-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. 

Washington scored 43 points while compiling 563 total yards which included 454 passing yards and 109 rushing yards while allowing 10 points and 318 total yards defensively which included 150 passing yards and 168 rushing yards. 

Michael Penix Jr. led the team in passing, completing 28 of 38 attempts for 409 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while adding 11 rushing yards. Will Nixon led the team in rushing with six carries for 30 yards while adding two receptions for 25 yards. Jalen McMillan led the team in receiving, catching eight of nine targets for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Michigan State enters this game with a record of 2-0 following a 45-14 win at home against the Richmond Spiders while covering the 29.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. The Spartans scored 45 points while compiling 465 total yards offensively which included 303 passing yards and 162 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 193 total yards defensively which included 118 passing yards and 75 rushing yards. 

Noah Kim led the team in passing, completing 18 of 22 attempts for 292 yards and three touchdowns while adding 21 rushing yards. Nate Carter led the team in rushing with 19 carries for 111 yards and three touchdowns while adding two receptions for 14 yards. Tre Mosley led the team in receiving, catching all five targets for 84 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the Washington Huskies listed as 16-point favorites on the road against the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday evening in week 3 of the college football season. Washington has won both games all-time in the series while going 2-0 ATS in those matchups. Washington is 1-1 ATS overall and 1-1 ATS as a favorite while the Michigan State Spartans are 2-0 ATS overall this season.

Washington is the more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning both games all-time while going 2-0 ATS in those contests. However, Michigan State has been the better team this season at covering the spread going 2-0 ATS overall while Washington is 1-1 ATS overall. 

I look for that trend to continue in this matchup which is why I am taking the Michigan State Spartans +16 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: Michigan State Spartans +16