As we get into the Michigan State-Indiana betting odds, it’s wild to think about the swing that these two programs have taken over the course of the last year.
Indiana was the Big Ten darling in 2020, as Michael Penix looked like one of the best quarterbacks in the country and the Hoosiers cruised to a 6-1 mark in conference play. That is definitively not the case this season, as Indiana is sitting at just 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
On the other hand, Michigan State has been maybe the biggest surprise in college football. They are sitting at 6-0 on the season after drubbing Rutgers, 31-13 last week. Kenneth Walker III has managed to turn himself into a legitimate Heisman candidate as he is rolling over any defense that dares get in his way.
So what happens when a rushing attack that has spent the first six weeks of the season running downhill heads to Bloomington?
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and analyze the Michigan State-Indiana betting odds for Week 7 of the college football season.
Until then, as a NCAA fan, you can check NFL betting odds and get ready to place a bet at BetRivers.
MICHIGAN STATE-INDIANA BETTING ODDS:
#10 MICHIGAN STATE (6-0) at INDIANA (2-3)
GAME: 12:00 p.m. ET (FS1)
MONEYLINE: Michigan State (-200), Indiana (+160)
SPREAD: Michigan State (-5)
MICHIGAN STATE-INDIANA PREDICTION:
The good news for Indiana is that they have had two weeks to try and figure this thing out.
They are coming off of an embarrassing, 24-0 loss at Penn State. Combine that with the 34-6 drubbing they took against Iowa in their season-opener, and things have really not been pretty for Tom Allen and the Hoosiers. And all that comes before you consider that Michael Penix will either be sitting out with a shoulder injury or trying to play through the pain, and that has not gone well for him through the first six weeks of the season.
Put another way, if we pretended that the 2020 season did not happen, and this Indiana team was facing off with this Michigan State team, and the Spartans were only laying (-5), we’d jump all over that, right?
That is where I am currently sitting with this game.
Look, Kenneth Walker III has been an absolute monster. He’s the leading rusher in the FBS. That says it all. But Payton Thorne now has back-to-back 300-yard games. Jayden Reed was his top target … until Jailen Nailor went absolutely bonkers last week. That 5-221-3 line? It came a week after he went for 8-128.
I’m high on Sparty.
And I think they steamroll the Hoosiers on Saturday.