The no. 1 and no. 2 team in the Big Ten East division will face off in Week 12, with the Michigan State Spartans looking to hurt the Ohio State Buckeyes’ chances to make the College Football Playoff. Check out our preview of Michigan State vs. Ohio State below.
Betting Preview for the Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Week 12 College Football Game on November 20, 2021
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
When: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (+19.5)
Record: 9-1 Overall / 6-1 Conference
Michigan State bounced right back after its loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on the road in Week 10, as the Spartans demolished the Maryland Terrapins at home over the weekend, 40-21. Quarterback Payton Thorne showed the way for the Spartans, passing for 287 yards and four touchdowns against just an interception on 22/3o completions. With the passing attack stretching the field, running back Kenneth Walker III was able to gash Maryland’s defense for 143 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Ohio State’s defense is stout, but it still is giving up over lots of yards through the air. Just last Saturday, Purdue managed to compile nearly 400 passing yards opposite the Buckeyes’ defense, so expect Thorne to be encouraged by that. Wide receiver Jayden Reed, who had 114 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions against Maryland, is another player to watch out for over at the side of the Spartans.
Michigan State is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games on the road.
Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes (-19.5)
Record: 9-1 Overall / 7-0 Conference
Ohio State’s offense must be salivating over the prospect of taking on the Spartans’ defense that has been taken advantage of by opposing teams, for the most part, this season. Regardless of their opponent possesses a good or bad defense, the bottom line for the Buckeyes is that they have what it takes to move the chains at will. The Buckeyes entered Week 11’s game against Purdue as the no. 2 team in the nation in terms of scoring, with an average of 44.9 points per game. Ohio State also entered that game second in the FBS with 542.1 total yards per contest. C.J. Stroud had a field day roasting Purdue’s defense, passing for 361 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions on 31/38 completions during a 59-31 victory. Michigan State is allowing opposing teams to complete over 65% of their passes and over 350 passing yards per contest.
Ohio State is 3-1 against the spread in its last four games at home.
Ohio State wins, 37-23.
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