College football betting respect continues to grow for the undefeated Michigan State Spartans after their college football gambling win at Michigan last week.
Michigan State will host Illinois on Saturday with a kickoff time set for noon Eastern. Sports-Gambling opened with Michigan State as a 7.5 point home favorite.
The Fighting Illini of Illinois are coming off an impressive 33-13 win at Penn State as 9 point road dogs in a clear example of the wrong team being favored. Illinois held a 437-235 edge in total yards over the Nittany Lions. The Illini have the 19th ranked rushing attack in the country and their defense ranks 20th best.
Mikel LeShoure has 606 total yards rushing this year with a 5.8 yards per carry average. First year quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has is getting better each weak and was 15-19 for 155 yards with a TD last week. Scheelhaase is the 2nd leading rusher on Illinois. Illinois has a college football betting mark of 3-2 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.
The 13th ranked Michigan State Spartans are 6-0 straight up and 4-2 with the NCAA football betting lines after their 34-17 mauling of Michigan as 5 point road dogs. Michigan State outgained Michigan 536-377 and made a bold statement about their Big Ten prospects.
State is ranked 14th overall for total offense and 26th for points allowed. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has shown significant improvement from last year as he has completed 68% of his passes for 9.8 yards per attempt with a 10/4 TD/INT ratio.
Edwin Baker has been phenomenal out of the backfield with 683 yards and a 7.0 yards per carry average with 6 touchdowns. Le’Veon Bell has 549 yards rushing and a 7.7 yards per carry average with 8 touchdowns. Mark Dell is averaging 18.7 yards per catch to complete an impressive offense.
While some handicappers may be concerned about a Michigan State letdown they have shown tremendous maturity and discipline so far this year and are playing at a high level.
The favorite has covered 7 out of the last 8 NCAA football betting matchups in this head to head series and the Spartans have paid out in 7 of their last 8 against the Illini including 4 of their last 5 at home.