Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (1-0) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -8 -- Over/Under: 52.5 See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans head to South Bend to take the field with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Michigan State Spartans opened their season with a 28-13 victory against visiting Furman as a 38 point favorite and you can say either the Spartans are not as good as thought, the Paladins are actually pretty good or MSU was looking ahead to Notre Dame. Right, wrong or otherwise, MSU won the yardage battle 361-226 and obviously were difficult to move the chains on. Spartans quarterback Tyler O’Connor was effective on 13-18 for 190 yards with three touchdowns and an interception with Monty Madaris leading six receivers with 85 yards on five receptions. LJ Scott led Michigan State on the ground with 105 yards and a touchdown on 20 totes but nothing explosive came from the offense.
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After losing to Texas in their season opener many thought the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in danger of a letdown but they rebounded to pound Nevada 39-10 as a 28 point favorite. The Fighting Irish did a bit of everything in building a 444-300 edge in yards while containing anything the Wolf Pack attempted. Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer enjoyed a near perfect day in the air as he connected on 15-18 for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns and an interception with Malik Zaire throwing for 49 yards with Equanimeous St. Brown leading all receivers with six catches for 85 yards. The Notre Dame rushing attack saw Josh Adams total 106 yards on ten carries with Dexter Williams adding 59 yards on eight totes and a TD.
The Spartans are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 versus Independents while going 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The Fighting Irish are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten and the over is 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while going 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. The Spartans are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the road team is 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 meetings while the Spartans are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Notre Dame. A two score spread and I’m going with the Spartans…