Saturday, October 29, 2016
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The Michigan Wolverines take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The opening line for this game has Michigan as 21 point favorites. This season the Wolverines are 4-3-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-2-0. The Spartans have an over/under record of 2-5-0 and they are 1-6-0 against the spread.
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Wilton Speight finished with 253 yards through the air for Michigan last week. He completed 16 passes out of 23 attempts for a 70% completion percentage. The Wolverines were led in rushing by Karan Higdon, who finished with 106 yards on 8 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 13 yards per carry. Amara Darboh was the team leader in receiving with a total of 99 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 20 yards per reception. As a team in that game Michigan got a total of 29 first downs. Of those first downs, 15 came on the ground while 12 came through the air. They ran 87 total plays for 561 yards for the game. The Wolverines ran for 270 yards on 59 attempts.
Brian Lewerke finished with 156 yards passing for Michigan State last week. He went 11 for 24, resulting in a 46% completion percentage. The Spartans were led on the ground by LJ Scott, who finished with 128 yards on 20 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. R.J. Shelton led the team in receiving with 89 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. Michigan State had 22 first downs total. 13 came from running the ball and 9 came from a pass. They ran 68 total plays for 426 yards for the contest. The Spartans ran for 270 yards on 44 carries as a team.
Michigan scores 48.7 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 3rd in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 18.4 passes on 28.9 attempts for a 63.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 225.9 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 76th in college football. The Wolverines run for an average of 257.1 yards per game on 47 attempts for an average of 5.5 yards per carry. That ranks them 11th in the nation. They also run 75.9 plays per contest and average 6.4 yards per play for an average of 483 yards per game, ranking their offense 28th overall this season. The Wolverines average 23.9 first downs per game which ranks them 26th in the country. They accumulate 40.7 penalty yards per game via 4.4 penalties, which ranks 114th in the nation.
Michigan allows 111 passing yards per game, ranking 1st in D-1, and they allow 10 points per contest on defense, which ranks 1st. They give up 9.6 completions on 23.4 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 40.9. The Wolverines allow 96 rushing yards per game on 33 carries for an average of 2.9 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 4th in the country. Michigan allows 207 total yards per game including 3.7 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 1st in terms of yards per game. They force 1.7 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.9 penalties for 44.4 yards per game, ranking them 21st among D-1 teams.
Michigan State averages 23.1 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 106th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 17.7 passes per game on 29.9 attempts for a 59.3 percent completion percentage. They throw for 235 yards through the air per game, ranking them 61st in Division 1. The Spartans run for an average of 155.3 yards per game on 37 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 88th on the ground. They also run 66.9 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for a total of 390.3 yards per game, ranking them 84th in the country on offense. The Spartans get an average of 19.4 first downs per game, which ranks 98th in the nation. They average 65 penalty yards per game via 6.4 penalties, ranking them 32nd in college football.
Michigan State allows an average of 225.4 passing yards per game, which ranks 64th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 29.7 points per contest, which has them ranked 80th in the nation. They give up 19.3 completions on 30.6 attempts for a completion percentage of 63.1 per game. The Spartans allow 162.6 rushing yards per contest on 40 carries for a 4.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 66th in the country. Michigan State allows 388 total yards per game for an average of 5.5 yards per play, which ranks 54th in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 4.6 penalties for 40.9 yards in each contest, ranking 11th in the nation.
Michigan Betting Trends
Michigan is 5-2-0 against the over/under this season
Michigan has an ATS record of 4-3-0 this season
Michigan State Betting Trends
Michigan State is 2-5-0 against the over/under this season
Michigan State has an ATS record of 1-6-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/24/16 WR Grant Perry Suspension Served probable Saturday vs. Michigan State
10/23/16 RB Chris Evans Concussion injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
10/03/16 OL Grant Newsome Knee out for season
09/26/16 CB Jeremy Clark Knee out for season
09/26/16 RB Kareem Walker Academics out for season
10/23/16 QB Damion Terry Hand "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
10/23/16 CB Darian Hicks Hip "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
10/23/16 T David Beedle Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
10/23/16 S Grayson Miller Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
10/07/16 DE Mufi Hunt Knee out indefinitely
10/04/16 DT Raequan Williams Shoulder out indefinitely
09/27/16 LB Jon Reschke Ankle out indefinitely
09/01/16 DT Enoch Smith Jr. Personal left the team
Tony's Pick: Take Michigan
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