Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Spartan Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State (-23.5)
Rocky Lombardi and the Michigan State Spartans (2-3) play the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Ohio State opens this game as 23.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 59.5.
The last time they played, the Ohio State Buckeyes went up against the Indiana Hoosiers and notched a win by a score of 42-35. Master Teague III led the team in rushing for that game. He tore off a long run of 41 yards and he ran for 2 touchdowns for this contest. He racked up a total of 169 yards by way of 26 carries which means he ran for an average of 6.5 yards per tote. Garrett Wilson led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 169 yards on 7 catches. He earned an average of 24.1 yards per catch for that game. Justin Fields went 18/30 with 300 yards via the pass and threw 2 TD's. He tossed 3 picks for the contest.
In terms of getting in the endzone, the Ohio State Buckeyes hold an average of 45.3 points per game. Offensively they're holding an average of 233.3 yards on the ground which has them sitting 15th in Division 1. The Buckeyes have earned 2,141 total yards for the year. When it comes to scoring, Ohio State has compiled 13 touchdowns through the air and 10 touchdowns via the ground. The Buckeyes sit in 57th in D-1 regarding their opponents scoring, giving up 26.0 PPG. The opposition is running for 3.5 yards per run and 98.5 yards on the ground per game for the season. In total, they have allowed 394 yards on the ground through 4 contests. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Buckeyes have given up 1,161 yds which ranks them 53rd in Division 1. In their 4 games, they are giving up 290.3 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 63.0%. During this campaign, they are surrendering 388.8 yards per outing which ranks them 65th in college football.
For his career, Fields has passed for a total of 4,809 yards with 58 TD's and 6 interceptions. Over the course of his time in college, he has attempted a run 221 different times totaling 885 yards. His quarterback rating is 185.4 with a touchdown percentage of 11.5% and an interception percentage of 1.2%. He is throwing for 160.3 yds per outing. Justin Fields has connected on 355 of his career 506 passes for a completion percentage of 70.2%.
The last time they played, the Michigan State Spartans faced the Northwestern Wildcats and went home with the win by a score of 29-20. Rocky Lombardi went 11/27 with 167 yards through the air and threw 2 TD's. He threw 1 interception on the day. Connor Heyward paced the team in rushing in this outing. His longest run of the day went for 12 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He rushed for 96 yards via 24 carries which gave him an average of 4.0 yards per carry. Jalen Nailor was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 99 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 33.0 yards per reception in this outing.
In relation to their scoring prowess, the Spartans currently rank 117th in college football averaging 18.0 points per game. During this campaign so far, the Spartans have racked up 1,167 yards through the air in addition to holding an average of 233.4 throwing yards per outing, ranking them 61st in the nation. They are averaging 98.0 yards via the ground game and have toted the ball for 490 yards in total. The Michigan State Spartans hold an average of 331.4 yards per contest ranking them 112th in D-1. The Spartans are relinquishing 31.0 points per game, ranking them 90th in college football. In total, they have given up 155 total points. Michigan State has allowed a total of 660 yards rushing (132.0 yards per game) as well as 14 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the year. They have allowed 4 touchdowns from the passing game and 238.2 yards/outing, which has them ranked 81st in the country.
In 16 games in his collegiate career, Rocky Lombardi has been successful on 154 of 321 tries for a total of 1,869 yards. He averages 116.8 yds per game through the air with a 100.1 QB rating. Lombardi has passed for 11 TD's compared to 13 interceptions in his collegiate career. He has run for 175 yards on 71 tries. His touchdown percentage on pass attempts is 3.4% and his interception rate is 4.0%.
Who will win tonight's Buckeyes/Spartans college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Spartans +23.5
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