The Michigan State Spartans need a big win to gain some consideration for inclusion in the next edition of the Top 25 AP Poll. They have a chance to do this coming Saturday, when they take on the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions on the road. Read on for a preview of this intriguing matchup between two Big Ten powers.
Betting Preview for the Michigan State Spartans vs Penn State Nittany Lions Week 7 College Football Game on October 13 2018
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 3:30 PM ET
Line: Michigan State Spartans (+13.5) vs Penn State Nittany Lions (-13.5) – view all 2018 NCAAF lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Michigan State Spartans
(3-2 Overall / 1-1 Conference)
After winning back-to-back games against the Indiana Hoosiers and the Central Michigan Chippewas, respectively, the Spartans ran into a brick wall last Saturday, falling prey to the Northwestern Wildcats at home in a 29-19 loss. Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke had 329 passing yards, but it took him 51 passes to get there. Plus, he had a touchdown against an interception. One positive note for the Spartans in that game was their defense against the run, as they surrendered just eight rushing yards. To be clearer about how well the Spartans when it comes to limiting opposing rushing attacks, they are tops in the nation with only 33.8 rushing yards allowed per contest. Moreover, the Spartans also had two interceptions in the Northwestern game, bringing their season total to nine picks –second most in the Big Ten.
Michigan State is 2-1 ATS in its last three road games.
Betting on the Penn State Nittany Lions
(4-1 Overall / 1-1 Conference)
The Nittany Lions had an extra week of rest following a heart-breaking loss to No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes back on Sep. 29. Now, they will look to return in the win column with a home game against the Spartans. Penn State is 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 home games. Against the Buckeyes, the Nittany Lions did a good job of slowing down Ohio State’s offense except in the fourth quarter in which Penn State allowed Dwayne Haskins and company score 13 points after surrendering just 13 points total in the previous three periods. Michigan State’s offense is drier than that of Ohio State, so the Nittany Lions should find more success defensively. On the season, Penn State is giving up 21.0 points and 354.4 total yards per game. The team’s offense is high powered on air and on the ground. Although Michigan State boasts of an imposing run defense, Penn State can loosen it up with their passing attack that is second in the league with 12 touchdowns through the air.
Penn State wins, 31-20.
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