Michigan State Spartans vs. South Florida Bulls Free Pick 9/7/13
South Florida Bulls (0-1) at Michigan State Spartans (1-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -22.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPNU HD
The Spartans are hoping to improve to 2-0 on the year Saturday, while the Bulls will be looking to erase the memory of their opener against McNeese State.
The Michigan State Spartans got off their 2013 campaign on a positive note this past weekend, as the Spartans defeated the Western Michigan Broncos 26-13. The Spartans had one of the top defenses in the Big Ten last season, but the Spartans struggled offensively all season long. This year the Spartans went in with an experience quarterback under center in Andrew Maxwell. Maxwell was, for the most part, ineffective against the Broncos as the Spartans were forced to rotate Maxwell and backup Connor Cook. The Spartans needed their defense to help out once again as the Spartans scored two defensive scores on the day. Michigan State only managed 297 yards of offense on the day, with just 116 coming through the air. The Spartan defense was solid of course, but this unit cannot be asked to support this team all season long, and if the Spartans don’t develop some offensive consistency soon, it could be a long season in the Big Ten for MSU.
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The South Florida Bulls fell in their opener to McNeese State in embarrassing fashion, falling 53-21. The Bulls were breaking in new head coach Willie Taggart, and it’s pretty safe to say that this was not Taggart’s idea of a home opener. The Bulls started out alright, but McNeese State went off in the second quarter, scoring 31 unanswered points, and taking a 33-7 lead into the half. The Bulls did make some plays in the second half, but USF was never able to overcome that horrible second quarter. Offensively the Bulls managed just 342 yards of offense on the day, 209 of which came through the air. The Bulls will definitely be in for a test on Saturday against the Spartans, and if USF can’t right some of the wrongs from their first outing, it could get ugly again for the Bulls.
The line has been moving all around on this one as of now. The Spartans started out at -22, and within minutes MSU jumped to -23.5. After some back and forth, the number is now -22.5 in favor of the Spartans.
Look, the Bulls got embarrassed in their opening game, but USF is better than that. The Bulls have some talent, especially offensively and I look for South Florida to rebound somewhat this Saturday against the Spartans. I love Michigan State’s defense, but their offense hasn’t really shown me anything yet, and as of now I don’t even know if the Spartans can put up three scores against the Bulls, let alone cover this number.