Saturday, September 17, 2016
Notre Dame Stadium
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The Michigan State Spartans take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Notre Dame Stadium. The opening line for this game has Notre Dame as 7 point favorites. This season the Spartans are 0-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 0-1-0. The Fighting Irish have an over/under record of 1-1-0 and they are 1-1-0 against the spread.
Tyler O'Connor finished with 190 yards through the air for Michigan State last week. He completed 13 passes out of 18 attempts for a 72% completion percentage. The Spartans were led in rushing by LJ Scott, who finished with 105 yards on 20 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Monty Madaris was the team leader in receiving with a total of 85 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 17 yards per reception. As a team in that game Michigan State got a total of 19 first downs by way of 9 rushing, 9 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 58 total plays for 361 yards for the game. The Spartans ran for 171 yards on 40 attempts.
DeShone Kizer finished with 156 yards through the air for Notre Dame last week. He completed 15 passes out of 18 attempts for a 83% completion percentage. The Fighting Irish were led in rushing by Josh Adams, who finished with 106 yards on 10 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 11 yards per carry. Equanimeous St. Brown was the team leader in receiving with a total of 85 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. Notre Dame got a total of 21 first downs by way of 10 rushing, 9 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 73 total plays for 444 yards for the game. The Fighting Irish ran for 239 yards on 46 attempts.
Michigan State scores 28 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 79th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 13 passes on 18 attempts for a 72.2 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 190 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 92nd in college football. The Spartans run for an average of 171 yards per game on 40 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 75th in the nation. They also run 58 plays per contest and average 6.2 yards per play for an average of 361 yards per game, ranking their offense 92nd overall this season. The Spartans average 19 first downs per game which ranks them 86th in the country. They accumulate 120 penalty yards per game via 10 penalties, which ranks 2nd in the nation.
Michigan State allows 139 passing yards per game, ranking 23rd in D-1, and they allow 13 points per contest on defense, which ranks 19th. They give up 16 completions on 31 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 51.6. The Spartans allow 87 rushing yards per game on 33 carries for an average of 2.6 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 24th in the country. Michigan State allows 226 total yards per game including 3.5 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 8th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4 penalties for 34 yards per game, ranking them 13th among D-1 teams.
Notre Dame averages 43 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 28th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 18 passes per game on 28.5 attempts for a 63.2 percent completion percentage. They throw for 221.5 yards through the air per game, ranking them 68th in Division 1. The Fighting Irish run for an average of 222.5 yards per game on 46 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 38th on the ground. They also run 74.5 plays per game and average 6 yards per play for a total of 444 yards per game, ranking them 54th in the country on offense. The Fighting Irish get an average of 21.5 first downs per game, which ranks 62nd in the nation. They average 79 penalty yards per game via 8.5 penalties, ranking them 19th in college football.
Notre Dame allows an average of 240.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 85th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 30 points per contest, which has them ranked 92nd in the nation. They give up 14 completions on 26.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 52.8 per game. The Fighting Irish allow 168 rushing yards per contest on 44.5 carries for a 3.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 87th in the country. Notre Dame allows 408.5 total yards per game for an average of 5.8 yards per play, which ranks 92nd in D-1. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and 11 penalties for 96 yards in each contest, ranking 126th in the nation.
Michigan State Betting Trends
Michigan State is 0-1-0 against the over/under this season
Michigan State has an ATS record of 0-1-0 this season
Notre Dame Betting Trends
Notre Dame is 1-1-0 against the over/under this season
Notre Dame has an ATS record of 1-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/11/16 LB Ed Davis Eligibility probable Saturday vs. Notre Dame
09/01/16 DT Enoch Smith Jr. Personal left the team
09/12/16 CB Nick Watkins Arm out indefinitely
09/11/16 DB Shaun Crawford Achilles out for season
09/11/16 WR Torii Hunter Jr. Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
09/02/16 RB Justin Brent Foot out indefinitely
08/22/16 DB Max Redfield Dismissed has been dismissed
08/22/16 DB Devin Butler Suspension out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Notre Dame
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