Michigan State Spartans vs. Akron Zips Picks and Prediction – September 10

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It’ll be the No. 14 Michigan State Spartans (1-0) against the Akron Zips (1-0) in college football play at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

Michigan State vs. Akron Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 34.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Michigan State as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Michigan State has -10000 odds to pick up the win, while Akron is listed at +2500 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 56.5 points.


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Game Info

How to Watch Michigan State vs. Akron Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, September 10, 2022
  • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BTN
  • Location: East Lansing, Michigan
  • Stadium: Spartan Stadium

Betting Preview

Michigan State

  • Michigan State put up 7.7 fewer points per game (31.8) than Akron gave up (39.5) last season.
  • The Spartans were 2-0 against the spread and 3-0 overall last season when the team put up more than 39.5 points.
  • Michigan State averaged 37.1 fewer yards per game (429.5) than Akron allowed per matchup (466.6) last year.
  • The Spartans were 4-0 against the spread and 5-0 overall when the team picked up over 466.6 yards last year.
  • Last year Michigan State rushed for 73.1 fewer yards per game (175.8) than Akron allowed per outing (248.9).
  • Last year the Spartans had a 2-0 ATS record and a 3-0 overall record in games the team rushed for more than 248.9 yards.


  • Akron scored 5.5 fewer points per game (19.8) than Michigan State allowed (25.3) last year.
  • The Zips were 3-0 against the spread and 2-1 overall last year when the team recorded more than 25.3 points.
  • Akron averaged 344.3 yards per game last year, 97.5 fewer yards than the 441.8 Michigan State allowed per outing.
  • In games that the Zips amassed more than 441.8 yards last season, the team was 2-0 against the spread and 1-1 overall.
  • Akron rushed for 127.3 yards per game last year, 10.7 more than the 116.6 Michigan State allowed per outing.
  • Last season the Zips had a 3-3 ATS record and a 2-4 overall record in games the team rushed for over 116.6 yards.

Michigan State vs. Akron Betting Analysis

Michigan State Betting Insights

  • Michigan State had nine wins in 13 games against the spread last year.
  • The Spartans were favored on the moneyline seven total times last season. They went 6-1 in those games.
  • The Spartans never played a game last season with moneyline odds of -10000 or shorter.
  • Out of 13 Michigan State games last year, six went over the total.

Zips Betting Insights

  • Akron posted a 5-7-0 record against the spread last season.
  • Akron didn’t have a win ATS (0-2) as 34.5-point or larger underdogs last year.
  • The Zips won one of the nine games they played as underdogs last season.
  • Last season, the Zips were at least a +2500 underdog on the moneyline two times, losing each of those contests.
  • There were six Akron games (out of 12) that went over the total last year.

Michigan State vs. Akron Against The Spread & Betting Records

Michigan State

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 54.9 55.7 54.0
Implied Total AVG 31.7 32.7 30.5
ATS Record 9-3-1 5-1-1 4-2-0
Over/Under Record 6-6-1 4-2-1 2-4-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 6-1 4-0 2-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 4-1 2-0 2-1


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 57.0 57.6 56.5
Implied Total AVG 39.0 35.3 42.7
ATS Record 5-7-0 2-4-0 3-3-0
Over/Under Record 6-6-0 1-5-0 5-1-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 1-0 1-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-8 0-5 1-3

Last Season’s Leaders

Michigan State

  • Xavier Henderson compiled one interception to go with 90 tackles, 6.0 TFL, three sacks, and one pass defended in 13 games last year.
  • Cal Haladay totaled 85 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 13 games.
  • Darius Snow delivered 3.0 TFL, 76 tackles, and one interception in 13 games played a season ago.
  • On defense in 2021, Jacub Panasiuk piled up 38 tackles, 6.0 TFL, and seven sacks over 13 games.


  • Jeslord Boateng helped lead the defense with 69 tackles, 5.0 TFL, and 1.5 sacks in 12 games.
  • Jaylen Kelly-Powell was on the field for 12 games, recording one interception to go along with 60 tackles, 1.0 TFL, one sack, and one pass defended.
  • Charles Amankwaa played in 12 games and recorded three interceptions to go along with 38 tackles, 2.0 TFL, one sack, and three passes defended.
  • Andrew Behm was a significant contributor on D last year, with 55 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one sack.

Michigan State vs. Akron Predictions and Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Michigan State, and we expect that Michigan State will cover the spread (Michigan State -34.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 56.5 points.

Michigan State vs. Akron betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Spartans (-34.5)

    Pick OU:

    Over (56.5)

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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