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Boise St vs Michigan St. Betting Lines

What: Boise State Broncos vs. Michigan State Spartans
When: Friday, August 31, 8 p.m. EST
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan

The #24 Boise St. Broncos have as tough an opener as they could hope for when they head off to East Lansing for a meeting with the #13 Michigan St. Spartans. It’s the first big test for a Broncos squad that’s nowhere near as experienced as some of the other ranked teams.

The Spartans have lost a lot of starters, but are formidable on both offensive and defensive lines. It should all add up to a huge opening game that could set the tone for each team this season.

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Latest Boise State vs Michigan State Betting Lines

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New Era for Boise

Boise State comes into 2012 with a roster that includes only seven returning starters. No Bronco will be missed more than QB Kellen Moore (326-439, 3800 yds, 43 TDs, 9 INT). Taking Moore’s place is junior Joe Southwick (23-30, 198 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT). He’s a talented quarterback but nowhere near as experienced as Moore. Michigan State is not a good place to break in your new offense.

With so few returning starters, this Broncos squad is a shell of its former dominating, self. Boise has long relied on seasoned veterans, along with a playbook full of gadgets to help compete against bigger, better financed schools. If you want to see what a Broncos team that’s this inexperienced looks like, set your wayback machine for 1996, but don’t expect to find a lot of wins when you get there. That team went 2-10.

The only place you’ll find any real experience on this team is with head coach Chris Peterson (73-6). He’s definitely got the skills to rebuild but it won’t be happening this week.

Michigan State Experience Edges Opponent

The Michigan St. Spartans are coming off a memorable 11-3 (10-4 ATS) season that included a 28-14 win over arch rival Michigan and a triple-overtime, 33-30 win over the Georgia Bulldogs.

Though they lost starting QB Kirk Cousins (267-419, 3316 yds, 25 TDs, 10 INT), they’ve still got plenty of weapons. Their offensive line returns almost in tact and that should give junior QB Andrew Maxwell (18-26, 171 yds, 1 TD) a bit a space to learn the ropes.

Defensively, the Spartans have lost a few key players, but are very similar to last year’s lineup. They only dropped one home game last season and it’s unlikely they’ll allow the new-look Broncos much room to move on their home turf this year.

Spartans Likely Winner

A few years back oddsmakers couldn’t set lines high enough to keep up with Boise and an adoring betting public. While the sportsbooks got a better feel for the Broncos last year, the public stuck with the Broncos, who wound up 12-1 (5-8 ATS).

Last year the Broncos played in only one game with a single digit line. That was their season opener, at home, against the #19 Georgia Bulldogs with Moore at the helm; and they were three point favorites. This year’s team is nothing like that group and that’s why they’re seven-point dogs.

Michigan State is a little more experienced, playing at home, and isn’t carrying any of the emotional baggage the Broncos are bringing with them. That’s why we’re sticking with the favorite and recommending the Spartans -7 (-105) on the point spread.

On the over/under, we like the over of 45.5 (-110). I don’t see it ending 24-20, but more like 27-31 for Michigan St, and 17-20 for Boise. That puts us in a range of 44 to 51, giving us more wins on the over.

At the time of this writing, the Boise St. vs. Michigan St. money lines haven’t been posted yet. We’ll update this page when the money lines are up.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.


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