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Michigan State vs. Alabama - 12/31/15 College Football Cotton Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) vs. Michigan State Spartans (12-1)

College Football: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm (AT&T Stadium)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -9.5 -- Over/Under: 47 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan State Spartans and Alabama Crimson Tide play New Year’s Eve night in a college football playoff game at AT&T Stadium.

The Michigan State Spartans look for their seventh national championship and first since the 1966 season. Connor Cook is completing 56.9 percent of his passes for 2,921 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Cook has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings Jr. have combined for 1,711 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while R.J. Shelton has 41 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 160.6 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 691 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 20.5 points and 342.9 yards per game. Riley Bullough leads the Spartans with 95 tackles, Montae Nicholson has three interceptions and Shilique Calhoun has 10.5 sacks. Trevon Pendleton is questionable with a leg injury.

Michigan State vs. Alabama - 12/31/15 College Football Cotton Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for their 16th national title and fourth since the 2000s. Jake Coker is completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 2,489 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Coker has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart have combined for 1,493 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while O.J. Howard has 30 receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 208.2 yards per contest, and Derrick Henry leads the way with 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 14.4 points and 258.2 yards per game. Reggie Ragland leads the Crimson Tide with 90 tackles, Eddie Jacksonhas five interceptions and Jonathan Allen has 10 sacks.

It's almost as if oddmakers and the betting public don't watch Big Ten football and spend their time listing to the media slobber all over Alabama. Yes, the Crimson Tide are great defensively, but their offense is nothing to write home about. Also, Michigan State has a top 25 defense as well and has allowed no more than 16 points in each of its last four games. The Michigan State Spartans are just as physical defensively and in the trenches as Alabama. 

This line is nuts, but I'll gladly take nearly free double-digit points with a well coached and elite defensive team in MSU.

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Michigan State Spartans +9.5

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