Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan State Spartans - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (3-0) at Michigan State Spartans (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 42.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Wisconsin Badgers will travel to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans in a huge Big Ten Game.
The Michigan State Spartans are 2-0 this season after beating Notre Dame by a score of 36-28 in their last game. Michigan State raced out to a huge lead and was able to hold off the Notre Dame comeback attempt in the second half. The Michigan State offense is averaging 32 points per game with 215.5 rushing yards and 215.5 passing yards per game. Tyler O’Connor is completing 72.7% of his passes for 431 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Michigan State. LJ Scott has rushed for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Gerald Holmes has added 100 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Spartans. R.J. Shelton has caught 8 passes for 80 yards and 1 touchdown, while Monty Madaris has hauled in 7 passes for 125 yards for Michigan State. The Michigan State defense is giving up 20.5 points per game with 72 rushing yards and 241.5 passing yards per game. Riley Bullough has led the MSU defense with 12 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, while Andrew Dowell has added 12 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Michael Geiger has gone 0-1 on field goals for Michigan State. Michigan State looked very sharp in their victory against Notre Dame and will look to take their confidence into this game against the Badgers.
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The Wisconsin Badgers are 3-0 this season after beating Georgia State by a score of 23-17 in week 3. Wisconsin struggled in this game and actually had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to secure the lead. The Wisconsin offense is averaging 31 points per game with 205 rushing yards and 236.7 passing yards per game. Alex Hornibrook will start at quarterback for Wisconsin, while Bart Houston will be benched. Hornibrook is completing 76.5% of his passes for 183 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Wisconsin. Corey Clement (Questionable) has rushed for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Bradrick Shaw has rushed for 136 yards and 1 score for the Badgers. Robert Wheelwright has caught 12 passes for 194 yards, while Jazz Peavy has hauled in 12 passes for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns for Wisconsin. The Wisconsin defense is giving up 13.7 points per game with 82.3 rushing yards and 178.7 passing yards per game. Jack Cichy has led the Badgers defense with 17 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, while T.J. Watt has added 12 tackles and 2 sacks. Rafael Gaglianone has gone 7-8 on field goals for Wisconsin, with a long of 48 yards. Wisconsin looked impressive in their opening win against LSU but really played poorly against Georgia State. So the question remains, is Wisconsin good, or is LSU bad? We will find out a lot about the Badgers when they face a tough MSU team.
Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The under is 4-1 in Wisconsin’s last 5 September games. Michigan State is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 September games. The under is 5-2 in Michigan State’s last 7 games. The over is 9-2 in these two teams last 11 meetings and Wisconsin is 0-4 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
Michigan State dominated Notre Dame for about 3 quarters last week, before almost blowing the game in the fourth. If Michigan State can play a full game, I like their chances here. It will be interesting to see how the new quarterback for Wisconsin against a tough Michigan State defense. I like Michigan State at home here.