Michigan State Spartans vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-2) at Michigan State Spartans (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -45 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Michigan State Spartans will clash Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles look to have a better showing than they did against Florida and Old Dominion, games where they scored a combined three points. Eastern Michigan is simply a trainwreck offensively, playing three different quarterbacks and completing a combined 52 percent of its passes for zero touchdowns and an interception. Brogan Roback leads the way with 125 passing yards, but the Eagles aren’t getting anything out of their offense. The most consistent offensive player for Eastern Michigan is running back Bronson Hill, who has 192 rushing yards on 42 carries. Other than that, the Eagles are desperate for anything positive offensively. Defensively, the Eastern Michigan Eagles have forced three turnovers, produced four sacks and are allowing 500.3 yards per game. Great Ibe leads Eastern Michigan with 32 tackles and Pat O'Connor has 3.5 sacks.
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The Michigan State Spartans have had a couple of weeks to recover from their loss to the Oregon Ducks and should be eager to get back in the win column. The one bright side for Michigan State is that Connor Cook looks like an improved quarterback, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 628 yards and five touchdowns. No longer a game manager, the Spartans may actually have a more balanced offense this season. Jeremy Langford is leading the way with 143 rushing yards on 37 carries and has a touchdown, while Tony Lippett already has 300 receiving yards. Michigan State seems much better offensively than last season. Defensively, the Michigan State Spartans have forced three turnovers, produced eight sacks and are allowing 367.5 yards per game. RJ Williamson leads the Spartans with nine solo tackles and Marcus Rush has 2.5 tackles for loss.
The Eagles are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Michigan State, while the favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
I really hate laying such heavy chalk, but the gap in talent is beyond words. I'd suggest finding something else on the board, but if you insist, the only bet is to back the Michigan State Spartans and hope for a 50-point win.