Miami-FL vs. Michigan State - 9/26/20 Early Look College Football GOY Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami-FL vs. Michigan State - 9/26/20 Early Look College Football GOY Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami-FL Hurricanes (0-0) at Michigan State Spartans (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 (Spartan Stadium)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans +1.5

The Miami Hurricanes and the Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday, September 26 in college football action from Spartan Stadium.

Miami is coming out of a 6-7 record in 2019, going 4-4 in ACC play for a third-place finish in the Coastal Division. The Hurricanes made the Independence Bowl, where they fell to Louisiana Tech 14-0. As for the Spartans, they fared a little better last year overall at 7-6 and 4-5 in the Big Ten. Michigan State made the Pinstripe Bowl, then took out Wake Forest 27-21 in a thriller. Get Free College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

Let’s take a closer look at both teams and see if we can get an idea of how things may play out when the Hurricanes and the Spartans match up on September 26. 

Miami had a competitive conference to work within last season, and considering that, the .500 ACC record isn’t all that bad—only four teams had better marks. The Hurricanes had some bumps during the season but also showed some promise for the future, winning six of eight games within one midseason stretch. In 2020 going into head coach Manny Diaz’s second year, Miami will have a new offensive coordinator in Rhett Lashlee (the team struggled mightily at times on offense last year). The Hurricanes will have to find some go-to receivers on the roster and cobble together a coherent running game, but by all indications new QB transfer D’Eriq King will bring a lot of talent to that particular Miami unit. If Cam’Ron Harris and Robert Burns can fill the RB void left by DeeJay Dallas, the ‘Canes will be in business. 

Over on the Michigan State side, they’re also coming off a 2019 season featuring a dogfight in a competitive conference. The Spartans had a couple of losses they probably shouldn’t have to Arizona State (10-7) and Illinois (37-34) but the rest of their defeats were to ranked teams—though Michigan State wasn’t particularly close in any of them. The Spartans have a new coaching crew headed by Mel Tucker in 2020, and they’ll try to bridge that talent gap in the Big Ten. There’s quite a bit of tinkering to do on the Michigan State roster, and there was also quite a bit of quality turnover moving on to the NFL Draft, but the pieces are there for the Spartans to cobble together a competent roster. 

Pick: I’m going Miami, but not by a lot. The Hurricanes look like they’re in a good position to take another step within the ACC this year. Provided they can keep the Virginias, Virginia Techs and Pittsburghs of the Coastal Division at bay, Miami has a decent shot at competing for an ACC Championship Game appearance in 2020. 

As for Michigan State, this is a winnable game and they’ll have some experience under their belts by the time Miami comes to town but I don’t think they’ll be quite ready to deal with what should be a pretty stout Hurricanes defense. I see Miami taking this one by about a field goal in a highly competitive and entertaining matchup. Mark your calendars for this one. 

Andrew’s Pick Miami Hurricanes -1.5

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