Michigan State Spartans vs. Wyoming Cowboys CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Wyoming Cowboys (3-1) at Michigan State Spartans (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -32 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wyoming Cowboys and Michigan State Spartans will play Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
While the Wyoming Cowboys are a solid 3-1, their offense has been dreadful this season and is the reason they’ve played in nothing but tight games. Colby Kirkegaard is completing just 57 percent of his passes and has three interceptions to four touchdown passes, while the Wyoming ground game is averaging under four yards per carry. The Wyoming Cowboys are averaging just 17 points and 351.8 yards per game. The main reason Wyoming struggles so much on the offensive side of the ball is due to an offensive line that has allowed 16 sacks, which is good for 124th in the country. Consdering Wyoming has played pretty much bottom feeding teams, this could get ugly against Michigan State. Defensively, the Wyoming Cowboys allow 370.5 yards per game and have forced five turnovers and three sacks. Mark Nzeocha leads Wyoming with 37 tackles, while Devyn Harris and Patrick Mertens each have three tackles for loss.
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The Michigan State Spartans rebounded from their loss to Oregon with a dominating win over Eastern Michigan, 73-14. Of course, that win helped Michigan State pad their starts, as Connor Cook is completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 711 yards and seven touchdowns, while the Spartans ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry. The one thing Michigan State has that it hasn’t had in a while is a dominating receiver, as Tony Lippett has 18 catches for 345 yards and five touchdowns, clearly on pace for his best season yet. As of now, Michigan State looks to have a more balanced offense than a season ago. Defensively, the Michigan State Spartans are allowing 290 yards and have forced nine turnovers and nine sacks. RJ Williamson leads Michigan State with nine solo tackles and Marcus Rush has three tackles for loss.
The Cowboys are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Usually I would take the truckload of points, but Wyoming's offensive line has no chance against Michigan State. The Spartans have also shown this season that they have no problem beating the bricks off of lower competition. I see no difference here.