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Betting preview: Win total, title odds for Michigan State

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With college football season on the horizon, ESPN Chalk's college football experts -- Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica -- combine to give you betting previews of the top 25 teams, according to the ESPN College Football Rankings. They break down each team's strengths and weaknesses, along with season win total bets and national title odds.

Odds from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Aug. 15.

Michigan State Spartans

National title odds: 40-1
Season win total: 8
FPI win total projection: 7.4


Phil Steele

Strengths: Defense. I rate the Spartans' defense No. 8 in the country, and they have my No. 17-rated defensive line, No. 3 linebackers and No. 26 defensive backs. I think running back LJ Scott and true freshman wide receiver Donnie Corley will contend for All-Big Ten honors this year.