Big Ten college football is all about the defensive struggle and low scoring games. Team that can excel in both these areas will usually have a good season. No team embodies this more than the Michigan State Spartans; they have an incredible defense that was nearly unbeatable a season ago. With that in mind they are considered a contender for this season when it kicks off in late August.
Michigan State is listed at 25 to 1 to win the national championship by some of the highest rated online sportsbooks on the internet today. They are also listed at 4 to 1 to win the Big Ten and only the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers are even close. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are the favorites to win it all at (-105) but the conference is loaded with superior teams this season. The competition and a demanding schedule will make this a very difficult season for the Spartans.
First let’s take a look at this schedule. It starts early in the season with an offensive powerhouse. On Sept. 6, the Spartans take on Oregon which will be the projected No. 2 team in college football on the road. This will be one of the toughest games of the season and although they will be doing it early in the season they then will have to deal with the Big Ten.
The conference is filled with teams that are tough to beat on any given Saturday. The new Big Ten East division is more challenging than ever before and includes contenders such as Michigan and Ohio State. There is a pretty decent chance the Spartans will lose at least two of three games against the Ducks, Wolverines and Buckeyes and this could be the primary obstacles that can keep them out of the playoff chase. According to college football experts the Spartans will have regular season strength of schedule ranking of 35, which means they have a tough road to the college football playoffs. This does not even include the teams that could be better than expected in the Big Ten.
They have some potholes in the schedule against teams like the Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosiers should be a team that they beat with ease, but with the games against Michigan and Ohio State next on the docket it could be tougher than it looks. If they overlook the Hosiers they may take a defeat that could end any hopes of making the college football playoff system.
If you think the Spartans will make the playoffs the odds are listed at (+400) at top rated sportsbooks. That bet could be tough to win for the Spartans with the tough road ahead in 2014.
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