Rose Bowl Stanford Cardinal vs. Michigan State Spartans Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/1/14
Michigan State Spartans (12-1) at Stanford Cardinal (11-2)
College Football: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -5.5 -- Over/Under: 44 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal square off with the Michigan State Spartans in the Rose Bowl.
Stanford was the king of the PAC 12 by knocking off Arizona State to capture the conference title and receive a bid to the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal could move the chains and defend with a suffocating D being their calling card with no more then 28 points allowed. Over all the defensive side of the ball gave up 339 yards and less then 19 points with opponents averaging less then 92 rushing yards. The offense totaled 413 yards and 33 points behind the #22 rushing attack that produced 222 yards. For a strong ground team the Cardinal and Kevin Hogan could sling the ball around with 2,487 yards for 20 TD's and nine picks. Ty Montgomery (58-937) and Devon Cajuste (27-591) were tops among the recevers but Tyler Gaffney and his running were the star of this offense. Gaffney ran 306 times for 1,613 yards with Anthony Wilkerson and Hogan combining for nearly 700 yards on 160 totes.
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Michigan State might be playing for the National Championship were it not for a four point loss to Notre Dame. The Spartans captured the BIG Ten crown by virtue of an impressive 34-24 victory over Ohio State to finish the season 12-1. MSU was the definition of defense first with only 248 yards allowed which was tops in the nation. Throw in the #5 passing D and the number one rushing defense and it's no surprise this unit gave up less then 13 points. The offense wasn't as impressive but certainly didn't need to be with 384 yards and 30 points with an emphasis on the run. Connor Cook didn't light up the airways with 2,433 yards but he was productive with 20 scores and just five picks. Bennie Fowler and Tony Lippett combined for 1,000+ receiving yards on 73 receptions. Jeremy Langford was the workhorse on the ground with 1,338 yards on 264 totes and 17 scores.
Stanford received a big break whem Max Bullough was suspended and their offense didn't need help. I'll lay the chalk with the more complete team and will make any changes by game day...