Michigan vs. Michigan State - 10/17/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (6-0) vs. Michigan Wolverines (5-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans look to remain unbeaten and get their second win over a ranked team. Connor Cook is completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,334 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Cook has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings Jr. have combined for 739 receiving yards and five touchdowns while R.J. Shelton has 17 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 175 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 418 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, MSU is allowing 21.3 points and 372.2 yards per game. Riley Bullough leads the Spartans with 55 tackles, Shilique Calhoun has five sacks and Montae Nicholson has two interceptions. Jack Conklin, Madre London and R.J. Williamson are questionable.
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The Michigan Wolverines look for a statement victory that would give them their third win over a ranked team. Jake Rudock is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,135 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Rudock has a touchdown pass in three of his last five games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 554 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has 13 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 201.3 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 390 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 6.3 points and 181.3 yards per game. Joe Bolden leads the Wolverines with 38 tackles, Willie Henry has four sacks and Jeremy Clark has three interceptions. Brian Cole, Channing Stribling and Mike McCray are questionable.
The Spartans are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 conference games. The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Michigan and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.
The Michigan Wolverines haven't allowed a single point in three straight weeks. Meanwhile, Michigan State has struggled against Rutgers, Purdue and Air Force. The Spartans simply aren't as good as they think and are about to get a dose of reality. I simply can't pick anything other than the Wolverines by a touchdown.