Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 6/7/13
Michigan is expected to be ranked considerably higher than Michigan State in the preseason polls, but the instate rivals are viewed as near equals based on the point spread released Friday in Las Vegas for their November 2 meeting in East Lansing. The Wolverines could be a top-15 team based on where they're being picked in the college football preseason magazines that have started to hit newsstands. MSU, on the other hand, probably won't be in the top-25, it appears. Nevertheless, the Spartans opened as a 3-point favorite over the Wolverines, basically the number given to account for a home-field advantage. It is part of the 248 college football games-of-the-year lines that were released by the Golden Nugget, located in downtown Las Vegas, about three months before the season even opens. Michigan is also a 6-point underdog at home to Ohio State in the regular-season finale on November 30. The Buckeyes could be top-5 when the real preseason rankings come out in August. Meanwhile, both Michigan and Michigan State are 3-point underdogs for their games at Northwestern in back-to-back weeks in November. Here are all of the U-M and MSU lines that are featured in the Golden Nugget's annual early-summer game of the year spreads, according to the website outkickthecoverage.com. MICHIGAN Sept. 7: Pick 'em vs. Notre Dame. Sept. 21: -12 at Connecticut. Oct. 5: -15 vs. Minnesota. Oct. 12: -2.5 at Penn State. Nov. 2: 3 at Michigan State. Nov. 9: -4 vs. Nebraska. Nov. 16: 3 at Northwestern. Nov. 23: -10.5 at Iowa. Nov. 30: 6 vs. Ohio State. MICHIGAN STATE Sept. 7: -16 vs. South Florida. Sept. 21: 6 at Notre Dame. Oct. 5: -9 at Iowa. Nov. 2: -3 vs. Michigan. Nov. 16: 6 at Nebraska. Nov. 23: 3 at Northwestern. Nov. 30: -14 vs. Minnesota.
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