The No. 5 Michigan State Spartans
are on the road to open the 2015 college football season
against the Western Michigan Broncos
. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time
and it will be televised nationally on ESPNu. Currently the betting odds
for the game have Michigan State listed as a three-score favorite
to pick up the win.
Michigan State has national championship aspirations this year. They begin the season ranked fifth in the country, but have a tough task against Western Michigan tonight. The Broncos are treating like as the biggest game in school history and head coach P.J. Fleck has his team believing they can row the boat to a victory.
The Spartans have won back-to-back bigtime bowl games and under Mark Dantonio believe they're one of the best programs in the country. Recent history has shown this program is certainly a solid one, but it's a bit early to crown them as one of the best programs in college football. Either way, quarterback Connor Cook is looking to guide this team to another double digit win season. Cook came back to Michigan State last year, skipping the NFL Draft for one more go at a national title.
Western Michigan's Waldo Stadium can be loud, but it's nothing the Spartans haven't experienced before. Michigan State's defense is supposed to be good again, but losing Pat Narduzzi will certainly have some say on how the Spartans will be defensively. Stopping Jarvion Franklin will be their top priority tonight. He's a big back that amassed 1,500 yards last season and is looking to have a big impact tonight.
Michigan State believes it's a title contender. Western Michigan is a fast rising team looking for a signature school win. This one won't be easy for the Spartans tonight.
Free Pick: Western Michigan plus the points
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