Michigan State Spartans (11-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (12-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 5, 2015, 8:17 PM (EST)|
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +3.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5
The Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes square off Saturday night for the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans look for their fourth straight win and second Big Ten Championship. Connor Cook is completing 57.6 percent of his passes for 2,730 yards, 24 touchdowns and four interceptions. Cook has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings Jr. have combined for 1,620 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while R.J. Shelton has 38 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 159.5 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 618 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 21.1 points and 349.2 yards per game. Riley Bullough leads the Spartans with 90 tackles, Montae Nicholson has three interceptions and Shilique Calhoun has 8.5 sacks.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look to remain undefeated and pretty much lock up a spot in the college football playoff. C.J. Beathard is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 2,354 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Beathard has four touchdown passes in his last two games. Matt VandeBerg and Tevaun Smith have combined for 1,061 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Henry Krieger Coble has 29 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 203.6 yards per contest, and Jordan Canzeri leads the way with 964 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 18.7 points and 331.7 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Hawkeyes with 111 tackles, Desmond King has eight interceptions and Nate Meier has 6.5 sacks.
The Spartans are 18-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Hawkeyes are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Spartans are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 meetings.
At what point are we simply going to stop doubting the Iowa Hawkeyes and just admit that this is a pretty good football team that has found a way to win each and every game this season? Michigan State is the team with the hiccup this season. Iowa may not be pretty, but its found ways to get the job done in every game this season. I'm done doubting the Hawkeyes.
Give me Iowa outright based on the value.