Western Michigan Broncos (0-1) at Michigan State Spartans (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -7 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college football action at Spartan Stadium.
The Western Michigan Broncos would love a bounce back victory after coming up short in their upset bid against the USC Trojans. The Western Michigan Broncos have won six of their last seven road games. Jon Wassink is completing 50 percent of his passes for 67 yards, zero touchdown and one interception. Wassink and Keishawn Watson have combined for 94 passing yards this season. Anton Curtis and Wassink have combined for 57 receiving yards and one touchdown while Donnie Ernsberger has three receptions. The Western Michigan Broncos ground game is averaging 263 yards per contest, and LeVante Bellamy leads the way with 102 yards on nine carries. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 49 points and 521 yards per game. Justin Tranquill leads the Western Michigan Broncos with eight tackles, Eric Assoua has one sack and Darius Phillips has one interception.
The Michigan State Spartans look for a quick 2-0 start after beating Bowling Green, 35-10, in their season opener. The Michigan State Spartans have lost five of their last seven home games. Brian Lewerke is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 250 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lewerke has five touchdown passes on 90 career throws. Darrell Stewart Jr. and Trishton Jackson have combined for 126 receiving yards one nine catches while Felton Davis III has four receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 215 yards per contest, and Lewerke leads the way with 69 yards on eight carries. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 10 points and 212 yards per game. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 10 tackles, Chris Frey has one sack and Tyson Smith has one interception.
The Broncos are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 28-11 ATS in their last 39 games overall. The Spartans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Spartans last 7 home games and the under is 6-2 in Broncos last 8 road games.
The Western Michigan Broncos showed they're a team to pay attention to after giving USC a scare for about three and a half quarters. Most would see that performance and take the free touchdown. However, playing two major programs back-to-back weeks, both on the road, isn't easy for anybody. The Spartans finally returned to the Spartans of old and should be able to get the job done here due to their play in the trenches, as they'll wear down the Broncos and have success on the ground. Michigan State is too physical for Western Michigan and should be able to get the double-digit victory on its home field.