Saturday, October 8, 2016
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The Brigham Young Cougars take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The opening line for this game has Michigan State as 5 point favorites. This season the Cougars are 4-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-3-0. The Spartans have an over/under record of 1-3-0 and they are 1-3-0 against the spread.
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Taysom Hill finished with 248 yards through the air for BYU last week. He completed 11 passes out of 21 attempts for a 52% completion percentage. The Cougars were led in rushing by Jamaal Williams, who finished with 286 yards on 30 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 10 yards per carry. Jonah Trinnaman was the team leader in receiving with a total of 75 yards and 2 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 38 yards per reception. As a team in that game BYU got a total of 26 first downs. Of those first downs, 14 came on the ground while 10 came through the air. They ran 66 total plays for 586 yards for the game. The Cougars ran for 338 yards on 45 attempts.
Tyler O'Connor finished with 263 yards passing for Michigan State last week. He went 21 for 35, resulting in a 60% completion percentage. The Spartans were led on the ground by Gerald Holmes, who finished with 51 yards on 9 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. R.J. Shelton led the team in receiving with 141 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 20 yards per reception. Michigan State had 21 first downs total. 10 came from running the ball and 10 came from a pass. They ran 76 total plays for 438 yards for the contest. The Spartans ran for 175 yards on 41 carries as a team.
BYU scores 27.6 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 79th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 20.6 passes on 35 attempts for a 58.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 225.2 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 74th in college football. The Cougars run for an average of 199.4 yards per game on 36.8 attempts for an average of 5.4 yards per carry. That ranks them 45th in the nation. They also run 71.8 plays per contest and average 5.9 yards per play for an average of 424.6 yards per game, ranking their offense 66th overall this season. The Cougars average 22.8 first downs per game which ranks them 48th in the country. They accumulate 65 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, which ranks 35th in the nation.
BYU allows 310.2 passing yards per game, ranking 120th in D-1, and they allow 28.2 points per contest on defense, which ranks 67th. They give up 24.2 completions on 34.2 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 70.8. The Cougars allow 134 rushing yards per game on 35.6 carries for an average of 3.8 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 44th in the country. BYU allows 444.2 total yards per game including 6.4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 96th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.6 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6 penalties for 54.6 yards per game, ranking them 64th among D-1 teams.
Michigan State averages 22.8 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 105th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 18.3 passes per game on 30.5 attempts for a 59.8 percent completion percentage. They throw for 236 yards through the air per game, ranking them 68th in Division 1. The Spartans run for an average of 172 yards per game on 39.8 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 69th on the ground. They also run 70.3 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for a total of 408 yards per game, ranking them 76th in the country on offense. The Spartans get an average of 21 first downs per game, which ranks 74th in the nation. They average 74.5 penalty yards per game via 7.3 penalties, ranking them 19th in college football.
Michigan State allows an average of 239.8 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 77th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 23.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 51st in the nation. They give up 17.3 completions on 30.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.6 per game. The Spartans allow 106.8 rushing yards per contest on 34.3 carries for a 3.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 17th in the country. Michigan State allows 346.5 total yards per game for an average of 5.4 yards per play, which ranks 29th in D-1. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and 5.5 penalties for 53 yards in each contest, ranking 56th in the nation.
BYU Betting Trends
BYU is 2-3-0 against the over/under this season
BYU has an ATS record of 4-1-0 this season
Michigan State Betting Trends
Michigan State is 1-3-0 against the over/under this season
Michigan State has an ATS record of 1-3-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/02/16 PK Jake Oldroyd Back "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
10/02/16 LB Riley Bullough Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. BYU
09/27/16 LB Jon Reschke Ankle out indefinitely
09/01/16 DT Enoch Smith Jr. Personal left the team
Guy's Pick: Take BYU
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