Michigan State vs Rutgers College Football Betting Tips and Predictions 11/23/2019
Game: Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: SHI Stadium in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Rutgers +22.5
Johnny Langan and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights host the Michigan State Spartans at SHI Stadium on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Rutgers opens this matchup as 22.5-point dogs. The Spartans are 2-8-0 ATS and 5-5-0 when betting on the total. The Scarlet Knights are 5-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-7-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Michigan State Spartans played the Michigan Wolverines and ended up taking the loss by a score of 44-10. Elijah Collins led the team in rushing for that contest. He tore off a long run of 4 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He scurried for 27 yards by way of 12 carries which gave him an average of 2.3 yards per tote. Cody White led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 78 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 13.0 yards per reception for that contest. Running the show from under center for the Spartans was Brian Lewerke who went 17/30 with 166 yards through the air and threw 1 touchdown. He threw 2 picks in the game. The Spartans rushed the ball a total of 30 times and totaled 55 yards which gave them an average of 1.8 yards per rushing attempt. For the game, the Spartans totaled 16 1st downs and they had 7 infractions for 93 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. For the game, they ran 60 plays which added up to 221 yards. In terms of defense, Michigan State gave up 24 completions on 33 throws for a total of 384 yards, and a completion percentage of 72.7%. In the running game, the Spartans gave up 86 yards on 33 attempts which is an average of 2.6 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded 470 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Spartans come into this matchup with a record of 4-6 for this season. For total yards, they are currently ranked 11th in the Big Ten and 108th in college football with 3,526 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country with an average of 21.8 points per game, putting them 110th in college football. As a team, they have an average of 124.5 rushing yards per game which is 13th in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, allowing 25.6 points per contest which has them at 9th in the Big Ten. In discussing yards rushing, Michigan State is giving up 106.7 yards per contest putting them 4th in the Big Ten Conference and 15th in Division 1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.1 yards per carry which has them at 4th in the conference and 12th in D-1 overall. In total, they have allowed 1,067 rushing yards through 10 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Spartans have allowed 2,281 yards. Opponents are completing 64.1% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.1 yards per try.
In their last game, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights played the Ohio State Buckeyes and lost 56-21. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Scarlet Knights was Johnny Langan who went 12/26 with 121 yards through the air and completed 1 touchdown. He tossed 2 interceptions on the day. Isaih Pacheco led the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 26 yards and he notched 1 touchdown in the game. He racked up a total of 56 yards by way of 17 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Bo Melton was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 57 yards on 3 catches. He had an average of 19.0 yards per reception for the game. The Scarlet Knights ran the football 40 times and totaled 110 yards earning them an average of 2.8 yards per carry. In the game, they ran 66 plays which added up to 231 yards. For the game, the Scarlet Knights had a total of 10 1st downs and they had 5 infractions for 55 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. When discussing the defense, Rutgers gave up 21 completions on 34 tries for a total of 377 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.8%. For the game, they gave up a total of 594 yards and forced 2 turnovers. In the running game, the Scarlet Knights gave up 217 yards on 44 carries which is an average of 4.9 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Scarlet Knights come into this game with a record of 2-8. Rutgers hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 134.6 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 100th in college football. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,346 rushing yards through 10 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Scarlet Knights average 275.6 yards per contest overall which has them at 129th in Division 1 and 14th in the Big Ten Conference. The Scarlet Knights are conceding 38.6 points per contest ranking them 14th in the Big Ten Conference and 126th in college football. In regard to points given up, they have allowed 386 total points. When talking about yards rushing, they are giving up 200 yards per contest ranking them 107th in D-1 and 14th in the Big Ten Conference. For 2019, they have allowed 2,000 yards rushing and 26 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in Division 1. They are conceding 247 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Scarlet Knights sit in 13th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Spartans/Scarlet Knights college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Scarlet Knights +22.5
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