Wisconsin Badgers (3-0) at Michigan State Spartans (2-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 24, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -6 -- Over/Under:
The Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium in a Big Ten showdown.
The Wisconsin Badgers take the road for the first time and hope to build on their impressive 3-0 start. Bart Houston is completing 62 percent of his passes for 527 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Houston has five touchdown passes on his last 118 pass attempts. Robert Wheelwright and Jazz Peavy have combined for 372 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Troy Fumagalli has 10 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 205 yards per contest, and Corey Clement leads the way with 197 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 13.7 points and 261 yards per game. Jack Cichy leads the Badgers with 17 tackles, T.J. Watt has two sacks and Derrick Tindal has one interception.
The Michigan State Spartans look to avoid a letdown after upsetting Notre Dame on the road last week. Tyler O'Connor is completing 72.7 percent of his passes for 431 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. O'Connor has seven touchdown passes in his last 68 pass attempts. Monty Madaris and Donnie Corley have combined for 230 receiving yards and one touchdown while R.J. Shelton has eight receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 215.5 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 203 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, MSU is allowing 20.5 points and 313.5 yards per game. Andrew Dowell leads the Spartans with 12 tackles, Evan Jones has one sack and Jon Reschke has one interception.
The Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games. The Badgers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Whether Clement is healthy or not, Michigan State showed last week that it's once again a team not to overlook. While everybody is praising Michigan and Ohio State, the Spartans aren't going anywhere and are still flat out terrific defensively. I'm not sure Wisconsin has enough offense to hang in this game. Not to mention it's Houston's first road game.
MSU by a touchdown at home is a solid bet.