Michigan Wolverines vs Michigan St. Spartans - College Football Picks - Week 9

Jim Harbaugh Celebrating

Troy West

Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:15 PM GMT

Expect revenge to be a major factor when Jim Harbaugh's Michigan Wolverines visits Mark Dantonio's reeling Michigan St. on Saturday. Troy West is back with a college football pick on this rivalry game

Michigan vs Michigan St

After an extraordinary defeat last year, following the infamously blocked punt, it's payback time for Harbaugh and his supremely talented team this year.

The Spartans are on a 5 game skid including 5 consecutive ATS losses. Honestly, there currently couldn't be much more of a talent discrepancy in both record and pure talent in this absorbing rivalry.

Nonetheless, the Wolverines have a feeble record against the Spartans which likely burns fans to the core. This year, though, Harbaugh's outfit couldn't be set up more perfect. The motivation aspect couldn't be more gigantic with Michigan looking to ahead to the Playoff. A loss in this particular matchup would be devastating. 

The Wolverines have not been exempt from criticism from different quarters, though; Harbaugh, in particular, has sent out warnings to what he perceived to be an underperforming offense. And they responded by destroying Rutgers in one of the most dominant displays of the last decade. On the other side of the ball, the former 49er coach has been notoriously happy with his defense. Led by Heisman hopeful Jabrill Peppers, Michigan's talented defense will be out to go obliterate Michigan State's anemic offense. 

Expect the Spartans boyish crowd to be silenced early and often by a much more physically and technically talented and motivated Wolverine outfit. Take Michigan to cover the spread and blow out an inferior Spartan program.

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