Michigan State Spartans (9-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (6-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +13 -- Over/Under:
The Michigan State Spartans and Penn State Nittany Lions play Saturday for the Land Grant Trophy at Beaver Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans look to finish with double-digit wins for the fourth time in five years. Connor Cook is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Cook has two touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and Michigan State has 24 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Aaron Burbridge has seven receptions in his last two games. Michigan State’s ground game is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, and Jeremy Langford leads the way with 1,242 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, the Michigan State Spartans are allowing 20.8 points, 299 yards, and they’ve forced 34 sacks and 31 turnovers. Kurtis Drummond leads MSU with 59 tackles and Shilique Calhoun has 11 tackles for loss.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have split their last four games and hope to improve their bowl game. Penn State is led by a defense that’s allowing 16.2 points, 267.2 yards, and has forced 29 sacks and 20 turnovers. Mike Hull leads Penn State with 121 tackles and Anthony Zettel has 12 tackles for loss. Offensively, Christian Hackenberg is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Hackenberg has one touchdown and four picks in his last three games, and Penn State has 17 passing plays of 25 or more yards. DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Chris Godwin is coming off his first touchdown of his career. Penn State’s ground game is averaging three yards per carry, as Akeel Lynch leads the way with 552 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Spartans are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 home games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Penn State.
You guys know I'm not very high on Penn State this season due to a brutal offensive line that has allowed six sacks with me just typing this up. However, the Nittany Lions have some proud seniors on their team and will want to make this a special moment. I'm taking the points here, as this is going to be an emotional game where Penn State fights hard for the victory.