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Once favored, Michigan State now a home underdog vs. Minnesota

The Spartans have something to prove following their first loss of the season...

Michigan State's first loss of the season, a 39-28 defeat at the hands of Washington, has changed the perception of the program among oddsmakers and bettors.

On Sunday, the Spartans opened as a one-point favorite in their Week 4 matchup against Minnesota, but the line has quickly shifted in favor of the Golden Gophers.

Within 24 hours, the line had shifted four points to Minnesota (-3) and it has now settled in at minus-2.5 towards the Gophers. While Minnesota's non-conference schedule is anything but daunting, the Golden Gophers have outscored their opponents 149-17 through three weeks.

Michigan State is 5-2 coming off a loss under head coach Mel Tucker, with all five of those victories coming against Ben Ten opponents. The Spartans were underdogs in six out of those seven games.

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Michigan State was one of the best programs against the spread in 2021, finishing 9-3-1 against the number a year ago. The Spartans also had four outright wins as an underdog last season.

MSU is 2-1 against the spread so far in 2022. The Spartans were an underdog for the first time all season at Washington, and failed to cover the 3.5-point spread.