College football pick: Michigan state dominates Michigan and more

Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne, left, and running back Kenneth Walker III celebrate Walker’s touchdown run against Western Kentucky on October 2 in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Two of the country’s most surprising undefeated teams share a state border and really hate each other. In 113 games, Michigan and the State of Michigan have never been undefeated and placed in the top 10 when they played, so there’s a good reason ESPN College GameDay and the TV show. Fox’s pre-game Big Noon Kickoff will air from East Lansing. Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines are a four-point favorite on the road, which will certainly be made clear to Mel Tucker’s Spartans, who beat Michigan last year at Ann Arbor 30-27. Michigan has a collection of players like star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who returned because of the bitter taste of 2020, while Michigan State has a lot of guys like running back Kenneth Walker III, who transferred and n has no experience in this rivalry. The game will come down to the game of each team’s stable but unannounced quarterback, and Michigan State’s Payton Thorne has much better wide receivers than Michigan’s Cade McNamara. Michigan State 31, Michigan 27


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