Michigan State Spartans (12-1) at Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 31, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -9.5 -- Over/Under: 49
The Michigan State Spartans will play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal.
The Alabama Crimson Tide were 12-1 this season and beat Florida in the SEC Conference Championship Game by a score of 29-15. The Alabama offense is averaging 34.1 points per game with 214.3 passing yards per game and 208.2 rushing yards per game. Jake Coker is the Alabama quarterback who is completing 65.7% of his passes for 2489 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Derrick Henry has 1986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns for Alabama. Kenyan Drake has 347 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Crimson Tide. Calvin Ridley has 893 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while ArDarius Stewart has 600 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Alabama. The Alabama defense is giving up 14.4 points per game with 184.2 passing yards per game and 74 rushing yards per game. Reggie Ragland has 90 tackles, Jonathan Allen has 10 sacks, and Eddie Jackson has 5 interceptions for Alabama. Alabama is +7 in turnover margin this season.
The Michigan State Spartans were 12-1 this season and beat Iowa in the Big Ten Conference Championship Game by a score of 16-13. The Michigan State offense is averaging 32.2 points per game with 236.1 passing yards per game and 160.7 rushing yards per game. Connor Cook is the Michigan State quarterback who is completing 56.9% of his passes for 2921 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. LJ Scott has 691 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for the Spartans. Gerald Holmes has 534 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Michigan State. Aaron Burbridge has 1219 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Josiah Price has 228 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for Michigan State. The MSU defense is giving up 20.5 points per game with 229.8 passing yards per game and 113.1 rushing yards per game. Riley Bullough has 95 tackles, Shilique Calhoun has 10.5 sacks, and Montae Nicholson has 3 interceptions for Michigan State. Michigan State is +16 in turnover margin this season.
This should be a very good game between two teams that are going to try and pound the ball. Connor Cook should be healthy for this game, making the passing game for the Spartans big threat. Michigan State has had a very good season but will be playing the best defense they have faced all year. Alabama’s defense is the best in the country and will give the Spartan running game some trouble. Offensively, Alabama runs the ball with Derrick Henry very well and is able to open up the passing game because of the successful run game. This should be a very good game, so I am picking the points with Michigan State.