Rutgers vs. Michigan State - 10/10/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (5-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Michigan State Spartans and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday night at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans look to remain unbeaten by picking up their second road victory. Connor Cook is completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 977 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. Cook has thrown a touchdown pass in eight straight games. Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings Jr. have combined for 535 receiving yards and four touchdowns while R.J. Shelton has 12 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 183.6 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 376 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, MSU is allowing 20.8 points and 376.8 yards per game. Riley Bullough leads the Spartans with 51 tackles, Shilique Calhoun has 4.5 sacks and Montae Nicholson has two interceptions. Dennis Finley and Macgarrett Kings Jr. are questionable while Jack Conklin is doubtful.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. Chris Laviano is completing 72 percent of his passes for 794 yards, six touchdown and five interceptions. Laviano has thrown five picks in his last three games. Leonte Carroo and Andre Patton have combined for 327 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Janarion Grant has 12 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 211 yards per contest, and Josh Hicks leads the way with 371 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 23 points and 392 yards per game. Steve Longa leads the Scarlet Knights with 39 tackles, Kemoko Turay has two sacks and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions. Dontae Owens, George Behr and Jawuan Harris are questionable.
The Spartans are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week.
Michigan State has been playing down to its comp lately, which includes a near loss to Purdue last week at home. Rutgers has had an extra week to prepare and 11 of its last 14 regular season victories have come on its home field. While the Spartans will win this game, I can't bring myself to lay this much chalk with the way they're playing at the moment.