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Michigan State hosts Minnesota in Big Ten opener

Michigan State hosts Minnesota in Big Ten opener

Saturday, 3:30 pm. Minnesota (3-0) at Michigan State (2-2) ET (Big Ten network)

Line: Minnesota by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook

Series record: Michigan State leads with 30-17


Michigan State hopes to rebound from its loss at Washington. This is a crucial stretch for the Spartans, who have games in October with Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Maryland. After three consecutive blowout wins, Minnesota is currently the frontrunner to win Big Ten West Division. This will be its first challenge of this season. The Gophers have won six consecutive games dating back to last year and are looking to go 4-0 for the first-time since 2019,report by play casino malaysia.


Minnesota RB Mohamed Ibrahim vs. Michigan State's rushing defense. Ibrahim averages 154.7 yards per match and has scored seven touchdowns. The Spartans have allowed only 89.7 yards of rushing per game and two touchdowns.


Minnesota: TE Brevyn Spence-Ford, now in his fifth season with the Gophers has become a reliable blocker as well as a receiver. The Minnesota native is now the leading receiver left with eight catches totalling 127 yards and one touchdown.

Michigan State: QB Payton Thone hopes to build on his performance against Washington. The Spartans' star WR Jayden Reid was injured so the junior quarterback completed a record-breaking 30 passes for 323 yards with three touchdowns. Thorne is third in the Big Ten, and 23rd in FBS with seven passing touchdowns.

After receiving a touchdown pass from Colorado, Tanner Morgan, Minnesota's quarterback, celebrates with Clay Geary (18). This was after Geary caught a pass for an interception in the second half of an NCAA college football match, Saturday, September 17, 2022 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 49-7.


This is Minnesota's first trip in nine years to East Lansing. The Spartans have won five consecutive games in the series. They lost their last game in Minneapolis in 2009. Minnesota's most recent road win against Michigan State was in 2006. ... Michigan State has forced eight fumbles so far and has recovered six, which is the best in the FBS. ... The Gophers rank second in the FBS for total defense, allowing an average of 170.3 yards per match and have allowed just 17 points in three games. They have won 14 consecutive games, which is a span of 56 quarters without allowing more that 10 points per quarter. With 464 yards of rushing, Ibrahim is tied for second place in the FBS. He has 12 games with more than 100 yards. In its 16 last games, Michigan State has not allowed a 100 yard rusher.