Michigan State Spartans (7-2) at Maryland Terrapins (6-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Maryland Terrapins +12.5 -- Over/Under:
The Michigan State Spartans and Maryland Terrapins play Saturday night at Byrd Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans are all but eliminated from playoff contention after losing last week to Ohio State. MSU still has one of the better defenses in the country, allowing 23.4 points, 311.4 yards, and has forced 24 turnovers and 30 sacks. The Michigan State Spartans have won 17 straight games when allowing 31 or less points. Kurtis Drummond leads Michigan State with 50 tackles and Shilique Calhoun has 6.5 sacks. Offensively, Connor Cook is completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Michigan State has 20 passing plays of 25 or more yards, and Cook has six touchdowns and one pick in his last three games. Tony Lippett and Josiah Price have combined for close to 1,300 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, while Macgarrett Kings Jr. has 13 of his 21 receptions in his last three games. Michigan State’s ground game is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, as Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill have rushed for 19 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards.
The Maryland Terrapins have split their last four games and could use a marquee victory to really turn heads. C.J. Brown is completing 53.8 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Brown has two touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last two games, and Maryland has 21 passing plays of 25 or more yards. With Stefon Diggs out, more pressure has been put on Deon Long and Marcus Leak, a duo that’s produced more than 600 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Maryland’s ground game is averaging 3.6 yards per carry, as Brown and Brandon Ross have rushed for seven touchdowns and more than 600 yards. Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins are allowing 28.1 points, 431.8 yards, and they’ve forced 18 turnovers and 25 turnovers. Sean Davis leads Maryland with 86 tackles and Yannick Ngakoue has 12.5 tackles for loss.
The Spartans are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Terrapins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November.
The Michigan State Spartans have crushed lower level comp, it's the teams at their level that they have trouble with. Maryland is one of those below average teams that will have trouble making this game close. Give me the Spartans by two or more touchdowns.