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Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan Wolverines (7-0) at Michigan State Spartans (2-5)

College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans +24 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Michigan Wolverines will travel to play the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten College Football Rivalry Game on Saturday.

The Michigan State Spartans are 2-5 (0-4) this season after losing to Maryland by a score of 28-17 in their last game. Michigan State has played very poorly this season, but will look to turn it around against their rivals from Ann Arbor. The Michigan State offense is averaging 23.1 points per game with 155.3 rushing yards and 235 passing yards per game. The quarterback position is up for grabs for Michigan State in this game, meaning we could see Tyler O’Connor, Brian Lewerke, or Damion Terry. Brian Lewerke started last week for MSU and is completing 53.2% of his passes for 281 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception this season. LJ Scott has rushed for 464 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Gerald Holmes has added 272 rushing yards and 4 scores for the Spartans. R.J. Shelton has led the Michigan State receivers with 35 catches for 541 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Donnie Corley has added 21 catches for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Michigan State defense is giving up 29.7 points per game with 162.6 rushing yards and 225.4 passing yards per game. Chris Frey has led the MSU defense with 57 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while Andrew Dowell has added 45 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Michael Geiger has gone 5-8 on field goals for Michigan State, with a long of 48 yards.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Michigan Wolverines - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan Wolverines are 7-0 (4-0) this season after beating Illinois by a score of 41-8 in their last game. Michigan has played well this season and has only played one game decided by fewer than 17 points. The Michigan offense is averaging 48.7 points per game with 257.1 rushing yards and 225.9 passing yards per game. Wilton Speight is completing 62.6% of his passes for 1447 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Michigan. Chris Evans has rushed for 416 yards and 3 scores, while De’Veon Smith has added 412 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Wolverines. Amara Darboh has caught 30 passes for 499 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Jake Butt has caught 26 passes for 310 yards and 4 touchdowns for Michigan. The Michigan defense is giving up 10 points per game with 96 rushing yards and 111 passing yards per game. Ben Gedeon has led the UofM defense with 56 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks, while Jabrill Peppers has added 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Kenny Allen has gone 6-10 on field goals, with a long of 39 yards.

Michigan is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on grass and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The over is 5-0 in Michigan’s last 5 road games. Michigan State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The under is 4-1 in Michigan State’s last 5 games. Michigan is 0-8 ATS in these two teams last 8 meetings.

Michigan comes into this game as a big favorite on the road against a struggling Michigan State team. Michigan State is having trouble on offense and defense, while Michigan is clicking on all cylinders. All signs point to a blowout, but Michigan hasn’t had much luck against the Spartans lately. I think Michigan’s defense/special teams will play great and Michigan will run away with this one. 

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Michigan State Spartans -24

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