Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 9/25/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Spartans (-3.5)
Spartan Stadium is where the Michigan State Spartans (3-0) will try to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2) on Saturday. Michigan State opens as 3.5-point favorites. The total is 50.5.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers head into this game 2-2 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Cornhuskers played the Oklahoma Sooners and took a loss by a final of 23-16. Adrian Martinez went 19/25 with 289 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 178.3 and finished the contest with 1 pick. Adrian Martinez was the rushing leader for the Cornhuskers with 17 totes for 34 yds (2.0 yards per attempt). On the day, they ran 63 plays for 384 yards. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ran the ball 38 different times and amassed 95 yds, earning them an average of 2.5 yards per tote. On the ground, the Cornhuskers gave up 194 yds on 35 attempts, which calculates to 5.5 yds per run allowed. Nebraska surrendered 24 completions on 34 tries for 214 yds, and a completion rate of 70.6%.
Regarding getting in the endzone, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are averaging 29.5 PPG. As a unit they're averaging 201.0 yards rushing which has them sitting 31st in Division 1. The Cornhuskers have racked up 1,925 yards in total over the course of this season. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Nebraska has compiled 5 touchdowns through the air and 11 rushing touchdowns. Nebraska has 90 1st downs offensively, and they have committed 24 penalties for 218 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 5 times.
The Cornhuskers rank 38th in the country regarding team defense, conceding 15.8 points per contest. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.4 yards per run and 156.5 rushing yards per contest for the campaign. Over the course of this year, they have allowed 626 running yards through 4 outings. When it comes to passing yards, the Cornhuskers are allowing 760 yards which ranks them 110th in the nation. They are conceding 190.0 yards per outing via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 63.1%. For the season, they have surrendered 346.5 yards/contest which ranks them 72nd in D-1.
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The Spartans come into this matchup with a record of 3-0 for this season. When they last stepped on the field, the Spartans got the victory with a final of 38-17 when they faced the Miami Hurricanes. Kenneth Walker III carried the rock 27 times for 172 yds, ending the game with 6.4 yards per carry for Michigan State. Payton Thorne (4 touchdowns) finished the game with 261 yards on 18/31 passing while his QB rating was 171.4. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per attempt was 8.4. Michigan State relinquished 24 running attempts for 52 yards (2.2 yds per rush). The Spartans pass defense conceded a completion rate of 63.3%, surrendering 388 yds on 38 for 60 passing. The Spartans finished the contest with a total of 454 yds while they ran 72 plays (6.3 yds per play). Michigan State ran for 4.7 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 193 yards on 41 attempts.
The Michigan State Spartans average 520.0 yards per contest, which has them ranked 14th in college football. The Michigan State offense has 186 yards of penalties on 21 infractions, which ranks them 38th in college football in terms of making mistakes. During the season thus far, the Spartans have racked up 769 yards through the air together with holding an average of 256.3 throwing yards per game, giving them a rank of 48th in Division 1. When it comes to how much they score, the Spartans are sitting 29th in Division 1 holding an average of 39.3 points per contest.
Michigan State has allowed a total of 336 yards rushing (112.0 yards per game) in addition to 2 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. They have allowed the opposition 5 touchdowns through the air and 269.3 yards per game, which puts them in 119th in D-1. The Spartans defense has participated in 242 plays, which is good for 134th in D-1. The Spartans are relinquishing 17.3 points per game, which has them sitting 47th in college football. Over the course of the season, they have given up 52 total points.
Who will win tonight's Cornhuskers/Spartans college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cornhuskers +3.5
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