Western Michigan Broncos at Michigan State Spartans
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Spartan Stadium )
The Line: Michigan State -17.5 -- 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 look for a statement victory after beating up on Monmouth in their season opener. The Western Michigan Broncos have won four of their last five road games. Jon Wassink is completing 80 percent of his passes for 368 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Wassink has seven touchdown passes in his last four games. DaShon Bussell and Giovanni Ricci have combined for 213 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jaylen Hall has two receptions. The Western Michigan Broncos ground game is averaging 90 yards per contest, and LeVante Bellamy leads the way with 53 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 13 points and 322 yards per game. D'Wayne Eskridge leads the Western Michigan Broncos with eight tackles, Timothy Collins has one sack and Skyy Moore has one pass deflection.
The Michigan State Spartans look for a 2-0 start after beating Tulsa in their season opener. The Michigan State Spartans have split their last six home games. Brian Lewerke is completing 56.8 percent of his passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Lewerke has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last five games. Darrell Stewart Jr. and La'Darius Jefferson have combined for 85 receiving yards on eight catches while Connor Heyward has three receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 108 yards per contest, and Heyward leads the way with 43 yards on 15 carries. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing seven points and 80 yards per game. Kenny Willekes leads the Michigan State Spartans with seven tackles, Shakur Brown has two sacks and Antjuan Simmons has one interception.
The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Spartans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 9-0 in Spartans last 9 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Broncos last 6 games overall.
Throw in last week, and the Michigan State Spartans have now failed to cover each of their last five games as a double-digit favorite. The Michigan State Spartans are really good defensively and have an identity they stick to, but Lewerke wasn't great and the offense still had issues finishing drives. The Western Michigan Broncos don't move the needle at all with a win over Monmouth, but they have an experienced quarterback and receivers who could stretch the field for some big plays. I'm not trying to lay a lot of points with a Michigan State team that has a hard time pulling away in games. Give me the points.