Notre Dame vs. Michigan State - 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 -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish square off Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium on NBC.
The Michigan State Spartans have had an extra week to prepare for this game after beating up on Furman. Tyler O'Connor is completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 190 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. O'Connor has five touchdown passes on his last 42 pass attempts. Monty Madaris and Felton Davis III have combined for 125 receiving yards and one touchdown while Josiah Price has one reception. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 171 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 105 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 13 points and 226 yards per game. Chris Frey leads the Spartans with nine tackles, Evan Jones has one sack and Andrew Dowell has one interception.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hope for a big bounce back victory to get a game above a .500 record. DeShone Kizer is completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 371 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Kizer has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Equanimeous St. Brown and C.J. Sanders have combined for 261 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Josh Adams has four receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 222.5 yards per contest, and Adams leads the way with 149 yards on 21 carries. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 30 points and 408.5 yards per game. Nyles Morgan leads the Fighting Irish with 17 tackles, James Onwualu has three tackles for loss and Shaun Crawford has one interception.
The Spartans are 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Fighting Irish are 8-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten. The Spartans are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Notre Dame.
I’m not sure why Notre Dame is giving more than a touchdown here, but I’m not asking questions. Michigan State is still strong in all the areas it usually is, as the defense is still extremely good and the running game continues to produce. Also, Mark Dantonio has been given an extra week to prepare for this contest. Not to mention the Irish may still be without one of their top receivers in Torii Hunter Jr.
This line is just a bit odd, as the Spartans have been consistent the last few years and have proven their style of football travels. This game should come down to the wire where the points come in handy.