The state of Michigan will be bitterly divided today when the teams from the University of Western Michigan and Michigan State University will go head to head in a college football betting Civil War. The winner takes all in this brother vs. brother war of attrition…OK, that might be a little overboard and no one outside the state is likely to have much interest in this NCAA football betting matchup but it should nonetheless be an interesting matchup.
Michigan State has been a decent team in the Big 10 the past few years but begins the 2010 season unranked. The Big Ten has lost plenty of prestige over the past decade, getting out played by more athletic teams from conferences like the SEC, Pac 10 and the ACC in many cases. Aside from OSU, the hugely dominant team in this conference that loses big bowl game on an almost yearly basis against other BCS conference teams, there haven’t been any highly Big 10 teams for quite some time.
Michigan State is coming off a rough year in which it finished 4-4 in Big Ten play and 6-7 overall. There aren’t a lot of big expectations this year either for the Spartans and that’s what makes this sports betting matchup so intriguing.
Western Michigan is a small school by college football standards and it’s not as if there are huge expectations for this school either as record setting QB Tim Hiller eligibility ran out last year. For the Broncos 2010 looks to be a bit of a rebuilding process with a new starting QB and offense that will need to gel quickly.
Generally in matchup between a Big 10 school and a Mid American Conference school the Big 10 team would be heavily favored a no brainer really. But because this is an in state battle and because both teams are in a transition period you can throw the traditional metrics out the window.
Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 12:05 Eastern Time and sbgglobal opened with the Spartans as a 23-point favorite with an over/under total at 53.5.
This game could be a lot closer than Spartan fans would prefer.