Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2) vs. Michigan State Spartans (3-0)
September 25, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -4 / Nebraska Cornhuskers +4; Over/Under: 50.5
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The Michigan State Spartans meet the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Big Ten college football action from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday night.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to rebound from a narrow 23-16 loss to Oklahoma in their last game. Adrian Martinez has thrown for 1,017 yards, 5 touchdowns and an interception on 65.7% passing while also rushing for a team-high 290 yards and 4 touchdowns. Markese Stepp has 128 rushing yards while Gabe Ervin Jr. has 107 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Samori Toure has a team-high 16 catches for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Austin Allen, Omar Manning, Zavier Betts and Oliver Martin all have 100+ receiving yards so far this year. Defensively, Nick Henrich has a team-high 30 total tackles while Luke Rimer has 27 total tackles with 14 solo tackles. JoJo Domann and Deontai Williams each have 23 total tackles with Domann logging a team-best 15 solo tackles while Williams has a pair of interceptions and Pheldarius Payne’s got a pair of Nebraska’s 4 sacks this season.
The Michigan State Spartans will attempt to built off of their huge 38-17 win over Miami last time out. Payton Thorne’s thrown for 726 yards and 9 touchdowns on 62.3% passing while Kenneth Walker III leads the Spartans with 493 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns and Jordan Simmons has 132 rushing yards this season. Jayden Reed leads MSU’s receiving group with 12 catches for 277 yards and 3 TDs while Jalen Nailor and Tre Mosley each have 100+ receiving yards with Nailor logging 10 grabs for 141 yards and 3 scores of his own. Defensively, Xavier Henderson leads Sparty with 25 total tackles including a team-high 17 solo tackles and a pair of sacks while Jeff Pietrowski and Drew Beasley also have a pair of sacks respectively this season.
Nebraska is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games as a road underdog. Michigan State is 8-18-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 5-15 ATS in their last 20 conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
Well that’s why they say to keep your words short and sweet in case you have to eat them later and I was wrong about both of these teams. Nebraska took Oklahoma to the limit and Michigan State’s unbeaten and could potentially challenge for a spot in the Big Ten title game. With that said, I just like the Spartans more than I do Nebraska right now as I don’t trust Adrian Martinez and I think Scott Frost is looking over his shoulder in Lincoln. Give me Michigan State here.