The No. 25 Michigan Spartans have a golden opportunity to move up notches up the AP Poll rankings, as they pay the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes a visit for a marquee Big Ten meeting. Will the Spartans be the first to stop Ohio State? Or will the Buckeyes eke out another victory?
Betting Preview for the Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Week 6 College Football Game on October 5 2019
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
When: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans (4-1 Overall / 2-0 Conference)
The Spartans’ offense may have finally woken up. After starting the season scoring no more than 17 points in each of their first three games, the Spartans have put up 71 points combined in their past two games. The latest was a 40-31 home win over the Indiana Hoosiers in East Lansing last Saturday. Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke passed for 300 yards and tossed three touchdowns with no interceptions on 18-of-36 completions. Lewerke also rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries. What’s been more consistent for the Spartans is the quality of their job on the defensive side of the ball. They are allowing just 15.0 points per game, 13th in the nation. They are also second in the Big Ten with 16.0 sacks and tied for second in the conference with six interceptions on the year. Michigan State plays with high-end discipline and can be a pest on defense, as evidenced by their +1.2 turnovers/game differential, which is 14th best in the FBS.
The under is 6-2 in the Spartans’ last eight home games.
Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0 Overall / 2-0 Conference)
Unlike the Spartans, Ohio State’s offense has been bulldozing opponents’ stop units from the outset of their season. In their last game, they destroyed the Nebraska Cornhuskers on both ends of the field in a 48-7 road win over the weekend. Quarterback Justin Fields toyed with the Cornhuskers’’ defense, passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-21completions. Ohio State leveled Nebraska on the ground as well, as the Buckeyes came up with 368 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries. Running back J.K. Dobbins sliced through the defense for 177 rushing yards on 24 carries, while Master Teague III and Fields combined for three rushing touchdowns. Ohio State is second nationally with 52.4 points per game and fifth with just 8.6 points allowed per contest. Ohio State’s defense figures to be something that will not let Michigan State’s offensive coordinator sleep well ahead of the matchup. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with seven interceptions and 24.0 sacks — eight more than any team in the conference has so far this season.
The Buckeyes are 3-0 straight up (SU) and 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last three meetings with the Spartans. The total went under in Ohio State’s last four games.
Ohio State wins, 33-21.
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