Michigan State vs. Rutgers - 11/12/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-7) at Michigan State Spartans (2-7)
College Football: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Spartan Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are desperate for a bounce back victory that would snap a six-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost nine of their last 12 road games. Chris Laviano is completing 48.3 percent of his passes for 748 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Laviano and Giovanni Rescigno have combined for 10 touchdown passes this season. Jawuan Harris and Andre Patton have combined for 735 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Janarion Grant has 20 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 159.4 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 515 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 36.8 points and 445 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 73 tackles, Julian Pinnix-Odrick has 4.5 sacks and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions.
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The Michigan State Spartans also need a victory that would snap a ridiculous seven-game losing streak. The Michigan State Spartans haven’t lost eight games since the 2006 college football season. Brian Lewerke is completing 54.4 percent of his passes for 381 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Lewerke and Tyler O'Connor have combined for 14 touchdown passes this season. R.J. Shelton and Donnie Corley have combined for 1,057 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Josiah Price has 27 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 164.3 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 653 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 30.1 points and 384 yards per game. Chris Frey leads the Michigan State Spartans with 75 tackles, Raequan Williams has two sacks and Darian Hicks has two interceptions.
The Scarlet Knights are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games in November and 8-20 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Spartans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in November and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Scarlet Knights last 10 games overall.
If you've seen the Michigan State Spartans play this season, you'd know laying this amount of chalk is downright insane. MSU isn't even a half of the team it was last season and there can't be much motivation for a season that has zero chance of a bowl game. However, Rutgers is possibly the worst power five team in college football. The Scarlet Knights have been the punching bag in the Big Ten since joining forces. This is a game where Michigan State could take out its frustration and win big.
Rutgers is the most unbackable team in college football. I have to side with MSU and the chalk even if I don't like it.