Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan State Spartans 9/2/22 Prediction & DraftKings Sportsbook Promo

Last updated August 29, 2022

12:00 PM ET Sep 2
Western MI Broncos vs MI State Spartans
Spartans to win

The Michigan State Spartans will host the Western Michigan Broncos for the 2022 season opener in NCAA Football on Friday, September 2, 2022.  The game will be held in Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI. Their last matchup occurred on September 7, 2019, when the Spartans beat the Broncos 51-17.

In the Peach Bowl, Mel Tucker led Michigan State to a 31-21 victory over Pittsburgh. He will bring back quarterback Payton Thorne and wide receiver Jayden Reed for this season. Meanwhile, Tim Lester of Western Michigan could have trouble replacing key players like quarterback Kaleb Eleby and wide receiver Skyy Moore. Expect Western Michigan to lean heavily on running back Sean Tyler in their absence.

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✅ The Spartans finished in 4th in the Big Ten last season with 11-2 record.
✅ QB Payton Thorne and WR Jayden Reed will bother the Broncos’ defensive backs.
✅ The Spartans are 6-2 against the spreads in their last eight game.

Teams: Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan State Spartans
When: Friday, September 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Betting Pick: Michigan State to win | Spread @ -22 (-110)

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Western Michigan Broncos vs Michigan State Spartans

Western Michigan

Western Michigan finished the last season with a 52-24 win over Nevada in the Quick Lane Bowl. They recorded 8 wins out of 13 games they played last season. The Broncos made 463 total yards consisting of 261 passing yards and 202 rushing yards in their 2021 season finale.

Western Michigan needs to replace QB Kaleb Eleby and top WR Skyy Moore from last year's squad. The question marks on offense could haunt the Broncos and make this upcoming game difficult. Sean Tyler and La’Darius Jefferson will return as the running back combination that will be asked to carry the offense as the team adjusts to its new passing attack.

The Broncos did not report any injuries on their side.

Michigan State

Michigan State finished the 2021 season at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta with 31-21 over the Pittsburgh Panthers. They went 11-2 in the 2021-22 NCAA season. The Spartans gained 431 total yards with 244 passing yards and 186 rushing yards in the Peach Bowl, and will look for similar offensive success here..

Running back Kenneth Walker was drafted into the NFL leaving Michigan State after last season. However, the Spartans return Payton Thorne as the starting quarterback. Thorne threw for 27 touchdowns against 10 interceptions last year. Along with Thorne, WR Jayden Reed will also return and give Michigan State a deep and talented pass-catching group.

The Spartans also reported no injuries on their side.

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