Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs. Baylor Free Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 12/29/2014
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The Michigan State Spartans (10-2) will be looking to end their season on a four-game winning streak on Thursday afternoon when they take on the Baylor Bears (11-1) in the Cotton Bowl. The Spartans ended up in second place in the Big Ten East this season, while the Bears were first in the Big 12.
Michigan State got off to a great start against Penn State in their final regular season game and rolled to a 34-10 road win. Their defense was excellent in that game, holding PSU to just 233 yards of offense and forcing them into committing two turnovers.
The Spartans have had one of the more complete teams in the country this season, averaging 43.1 points per game while giving up less than 20 points per game. Senior running back Jeremy Langford has had a great year by rushing for 1,360 yards with 19 touchdowns and he has averaged 5.5 yards per carry.
Baylor picked up a share of the Big 12 title by defeating Kansas State 38-27 at home earlier this month. In that game, they went 8-for-10 on their third down chances and ended up with 584 yards of offense.
Through 12 games this season, the Bears have had the best offense in the country by averaging 48.8 points per game. They have been led by quarterback Bryce Petty, who has 3,305 passing yards this season with 26 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
Michigan State Spartans Betting Trends
Michigan State Spartans are 8-4-0 Against the Spread
Michigan State Spartans are 9-3-0 against the Over/Under
Baylor Bears Betting Trends
Baylor Bears are 7-4-1 Against the Spread
Baylor Bears are 6-5-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Michigan State Spartans
12/07/14 DL James Kittredge Undisclosed "?" Thursday vs Baylor
12/07/14 LB Jon Reschke Undisclosed "?" Thursday vs Baylor
12/07/14 OL Travis Jackson Ankle "?" Thursday vs Baylor
12/07/14 RB Devin Chafin Elbow "?" Thursday vs Michigan State
10/19/14 OL Troy Baker Knee out for season
10/17/14 OG Desmine Hilliard Wrist out for season
10/06/14 DE Jamal Palmer Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Michigan State
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