Rutgers vs. Michigan State - 11/25/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers vs. Michigan State - 11/25/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans (8-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-7)

College Football: Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +13.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Michigan State Spartans and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The Michigan State Spartans have a chance to win at least nine games for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Michigan State Spartans have lost six of their last eight road games. Brian Lewerke is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,358 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lewerke has zero touchdown passes in three of his last six games. Felton Davis III and Darrell Stewart Jr. have combined for 1,036 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Cody White has 30 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 158.7 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 731 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 21.5 points and 314.6 yards per game. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 92 tackles, Kenny Willekes has seven sacks and David Dowell has five interceptions.  

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights hope to end the season with a victory, winning at least five games for fifth time in the last seven years. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won three of their last four home games. Giovanni Rescigno is completing 48.5 percent of his passes for 517 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rescigno and Kyle Bolin have combined for five touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season. Jerome Washington and Janarion Grant have combined for 440 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Damon Mitchell has 10 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 159.1 yards per contest, and Gus Edwards leads the way with 703 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 27.3 points and 395.6 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 97 tackles, Kemoko Turay has 2.5 sacks and Kiy Hester has three interceptions.

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The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 3-7 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games, 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games in November and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

Michigan State is a good football team, but it hasn't done much blowing out, as only two of its eight wins this season have come by more than 10 points. The Spartans play a lot of games close to the vest and have lost their last two games on the road. Rutgers has had a solid season with flashes of potential, its played its best ball at home and I'm sure there's motivation to finish things on a high note. The Scarlet Knights have had too many positives to just lay over in the last game of the season. There's also 21 seniors on this roster, so the Scarlet Knights should put together an honest effort. Either way, this is too many points to lay with an MSU squad that doesn't have the horses to blow things out. 

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Randy’s Pick Rutgers Scarlet Knights +13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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