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Michigan State football opens as slight underdog to Washington in Week 3

The Spartans' will be tested on their West Coast road trip...

After being a heavy favorite in each of their first two games of the year, Michigan State football has opened as a two-point underdog to Washington in Week 3.

The over-under total opened at 54.5 points for the matchup.

The Spartans (2-0) took down a pair of Mid-American Conference opponents, Western Michigan and Akron, in Week 1 and 2, but now must prepare for a West Coast road trip to face a Pac-12 foe.

The Huskies have also opened 2-0 to start their 2022 campaign, with wins over Kent State and Portland State in the first two weeks.

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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 wins outright as an underdog last season.

So far in 2022, Michigan State is 2-0 against the spread. The Spartans were favored by 21.5 points against Western Michigan and beat the Broncos by 22, and MSU was favored by 34.5 against Akron and won, 52-0.

Washington looks improved under first-year head coach Kalen DeBoer, albeit against two overmatched opponents. The Huskies will attack Michigan State's secondary with an improved passing attack and a dual-threat quarterback in Michael Penix Jr. — who transferred to Washington from Indiana.

Other Relevant Week 3 Opening Lines

  • Michigan opened as a 45-point favorite over UConn, as the Wolverines continue their stroll through one of the weakest non-conference schedules among Power 5 programs.

  • Nebraska is a 16-point underdog at home vs. Oklahoma.

  • Notre Dame opened as an 11-point favorite over California (2-0), despite an 0-2 start to the season for the Fighting Irish.

  • Penn State is a three-point favorite on the road at Auburn.

  • Oregon opened as a three-point favorite over BYU. The Ducks are ranked No. 25 in this week's AP Poll, while the Cougars come in ranked No. 12 in the nation.

  • Coming off an upset loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M opened as a five-point favorite vs. Miami in College Station.

  • Ohio State is a 34-point favorite over Toledo at home in Columbus.