Not many would have guessed coming into Week 6 that rival teams Michigan State and Michigan would both be 5-0.
Both teams hit the road this week with Big Ten matchups. Michigan State travels to Rutgers, and the Wolverines go to Nebraska for a big showdown. There’s plenty of college football betting action this weekend for the wolverine state.
Michigan college football fanatics will watch closely as #8 Michigan and #11 Michigan State take on their Week 6 opponents. Read on to learn more about what to expect during this excellent weekend of Michigan sports betting.
Spartan Nation Takes on Rutgers
Coming into Week 6 at #11, the Michigan State Spartans are ready to travel to Rutgers and put the Big Ten on notice.
In his second year at the helm, head coach Mel Tucker seems to be building a team around toughness and stamina. But, while the stats are impressive in their 5-0 season thus far, Tucker isn’t interested in letting his team sit on their press clippings.
With an overtime win against Nebraska in Week 4 and a big 48-31 night game win over Western Kentucky, it seems the Spartans are building momentum going into the second half of their 2021 season.
Tucker has put together an impressive offensive lineup. Quarterback Payton Thorne is outperforming what many expected of him. He ranks fifth in the Big Ten with passing yards, is tied for third with an impressive 11 touchdown passes, and third in passing with an average of 9.5 yards per attempt.
One of Thorne’s weapons includes Wake Forest transfer, running back Kenneth Walker III, who currently leads the nation with 680 yards rushing.
With these two offensive weapons and several more in the wings, the Spartans are averaging 37.8 points per game, third in the conference in offensive scoring.
Tucker is a defensive coach, and the Spartans have the seventh-best defense in points allowed and the 4th best rushing defense, only allowing an average of 210.8 yards on the ground.
While Rutgers came to MSU last year in Tucker’s inaugural term as head coach and handed them a surprising loss, most bettors expect a different outcome this year. Rutgers has a couple of key players out of the lineup and is struggling defensively to stop the rush, giving up 131.8 yards per game.
Rutgers’ less than impressive 0-2 start in the Big Ten and Michigan State’s 2-0 start in Big Ten play leaves both teams with something to prove on Saturday.
Wolverines on the Road Against Nebraska
After last season’s struggles, very few of the wolverine faithful would have predicted that Michigan would be coming into Week 6 at 5-0 and ranked #8 in the country.
Facing a demanding schedule with Washington in their second game and an away game against Wisconsin in Week 5, there was plenty to worry about if you considered last year’s Wolverines. Michigan die-hard fans were fed up with Harbaughs’ lack of results, and the team was more than a little embarrassed by last year’s two wins and four losses.
So, what’s brought about this 2021 transformation, and will it continue into Week 6 against Nebraska? Head Coach Jim Harbaugh remains at the helm, even though some wondered if keeping him was a mistake last year.
It seems as though this team didn’t like losing and needed to change their mindset coming into the 2021 season.
While not usually known for being a tough team on the road, Michigan traveled to Madison and put together an impressive 38-17 win against Wisconsin.
Week 6 takes the Wolverines on the road again to 3-3 Nebraska. Don’t let that record fool you, though, because the Cornhuskers are going to be more of a challenge than their record indicates. They ranked fifth in defense and sixth in offense in the Big Ten.
Aside from a potentially tough Wisconsin team, the Wolverines haven’t had the most challenging schedule so far. They are, however, second in offense and third in defense in the Big Ten.
Harbaugh seems to be settling his quarterback woes and is letting Cade McNamara remain his starter while giving some playtime (to keep him happy?) to his freshman star J.J. McCarthy. As they both bring strengths to the field, look for that dance to continue.
Michigan Sports Betting Going Into Week 6
Michigan State and Michigan both hit the road ready to continue their winning streak. Will they do it? Can they take their impressive starts to the season and use what they’ve learned to stop the Scarlet Knights and Cornhuskers?
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