Akron at Michigan State 9/10/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (1-0) vs Akron Zips (1-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 4:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)

Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans -34..5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Akron Zips and Michigan State Spartans face off on Saturday in a Week 2 college football showdown at Spartan Stadium. 

Michigan State has high expectations for this season, and they were able to secure the 35-13 victory over Western Michigan in the first game. Quarterback Payton Thorne completed 12 of his 24 passes for 233 yards touchdown and an interception. Running back Jalen Berger also had a game rushing 16 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Keon Coleman had a big game catching four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. On defense they gave up less than 200 yards per game, and in this game, they are going to need the defense to be good again, especially against the run. 

On the other side of this matchup is Akron and they sit with a 1-0 record, but they didn’t look good in the first game of the season against Saint Francis. It took overtime to get the job done, and they were only able to win 33-30. Under center for Akron is DJ Irons and he completed 24 of his 39 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Cam Wiley also had a big game rushing 21 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns. The top receiver was Shocky Jaques-Louis and he finished with eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. In this game the defense is going to need to be good, but the offense needs to have some more explosive plays. 

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Akron is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the Big Ten. Michigan State is 6-0-2 against the spread in their last eight home games. The over is 4-0 in Akron’s last four road games. The over is 10-4 in MIchigan State’s last 14 games on grass. 

Akron might have scored 33 points in the first game, but this is a much tougher competition with Michgian State. I expect Akron to score seven or fewer points here, and Michigan State is going to have no issue running up the score against this Zips defense that is awful. This feels like a 45-3 or 52-3 type of game, and Michigan State will win this game and cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Michigan State -34.5

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