Indiana Hoosiers (4-3) at Michigan State Spartans (7-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 24, 2015, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -16.5 -- Over/Under:
The Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan State Spartans square off Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
The Indiana Hoosiers could use a big road victory in order to snap a three-game losing streak. Nate Sudfeld is completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,741 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Sudfeld is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Rutgers. Ricky Jones and Simmie Cobbs Jr. have combined for 1,048 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Mitchell Paige has 23 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 194.8 yards per contest, and Jordan Howard leads the way with 709 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 35.1 points and 504.1 yards per game. Marcus Oliver leads the Hoosiers with 61 tackles, Jonathan Crawford has two interceptions and Nick Mangieri has seven sacks. Jordan Howard, Isaac James and Zander Diamont are questionable.
The Michigan State Spartans look to remain undefeated in order to keep pace with Ohio State. Connor Cook is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,672 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Cook has a touchdown pass in 10 straight games. Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings Jr. have combined for 938 receiving yards and six touchdowns while R.J. Shelton has 21 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 156.8 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 434 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, MSU is allowing 21.6 points and 351.9 yards per game. Riley Bullough leads the Spartans with 62 tackles, RJ Williamson has two interceptions and Shilique Calhoun has seven sacks. Darian Hicks, Dennis Finley and Drake Martinez are questionable.
The Hoosiers are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Spartans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Hoosiers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Michigan State and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings overall.
I think it's quite clear that Michigan State is not a team you can trust with decent sized chalk. The Spartans have been just skating by this season and are truly lucky to be undefeated. Indiana doesn't play a lick of defense but does have playmakers on offense to the point this game should be interesting.
I don't love this game, but the points have to be the play as more of a fade from a Spartans team that's failed to cover six of their last seven games.