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Western Michigan vs. No. 15 Michigan State picks and best bets for Week 1

The Broncos and Spartans meet in East Lansing on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know for the game and a pick.

Michigan State Spartans cornerback Ameer Speed (18) jogs back to the line of scrimmage during the Michigan State Spring Game on April 16, 2022 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to East Lansing to face the No. 15 Michigan State Spartans on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. While this is an in-state battle, the bettors are all coming on one side, and it’s all heading towards the Big Ten school.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Western Michigan: No. 97 overall, No. 99 offense, No. 87 defense
Michigan State: No. 15 overall, No. 20 offense, No. 20 defense


Against The Spread

Western Michigan: 0-0 ATS
Michigan State: 0-0 ATS


Western Michigan: Over 0-0
Michigan State: Over 0-0

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Western Michigan: No. 99 overall, No. 104 offense, No. 94 defense
Michigan State: No. 29 overall, No. 33 offense, No. 23 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Michigan State -23
Total: 54.5
Moneyline: Michigan State -2100, Western Michigan +1100

Opening line: Michigan State -19
Opening total: 54.5


85 degrees, 10 MPH win, 0% chance of rain

The Pick

Michigan State -23

Michigan State might be missing star RB Kenneth Walker III this year, but Mel Tucker added two exciting new prospects at the position from the transfer portal, and they’ll have the chance to prove themselves in front of a home crowd this Friday. MSU had several major wins last year, and they should be able to carry that momentum into this season with a returning QB.

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