Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 11/12/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Location: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Spartans (-11.5)
Spartan Stadium is the site where the Michigan State Spartans (4-5) will attempt to beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-5) on Saturday. Michigan State opens this game as 11.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 41.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights head into this game 4-5 for this season. In their last game, the Scarlet Knights played the Michigan Wolverines and took a loss by a score of 52-17. Gavin Wimsatt went 14/29 with 166 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 87 and finished the contest with 3 interceptions. Kyle Monangai was the leader on the ground for the Scarlet Knights with 4 carries for 17 yards (4.3 yds per carry). The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ended up running the ball 19 times and accrued 14 yards, which is an average of 0.7 yds per carry. At the end of the game, they tallied 48 plays which gave them 180 yds. Rutgers allowed 13 completions on 27 attempts for a total of 151 yds, and a completion percentage of 48.1%. On the ground, the Scarlet Knights conceded 282 yds on 53 attempts, which averages out to 5.3 yards per run surrendered.
When it comes to putting the ball in the endzone, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have an average of 19.8 PPG. As a unit they have an average of 134.9 yards in the run game which has them sitting 90th in the country. The Scarlet Knights currently have 2,618 total yards for the season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Rutgers has earned 8 touchdowns via the pass and 10 rushing touchdowns. Rutgers has a total of 137 first downs as a unit, and they have been called for 70 penalties for 568 yds. They have turned the football over 16 times.
Regarding yards through the air, the Scarlet Knights have given up 1,648 yds which puts them in 22nd in the country. They are giving up 183.1 yards per game via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 58.5%. In total, they have yielded 310.6 yards per outing ranking them 18th in the nation. They have yielded 11 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 16 touchdowns running the ball. They are allowing 3.6 yards per rushing attempt and 127.4 rushing yards per game so far this year. For the season, they have given up 1,147 yards via the ground game in 9 games. The Scarlet Knights rank 66th in college football in terms of team defense, conceding 25.8 points per contest.
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The Spartans step onto the field holding a record of 4-5 for this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Spartans took home the win by a final score of 23-15 when they played the Illinois Fighting Illini. Jalen Berger carried the rock 15 times for 81 yds, walking away from the contest with 5.4 yards per attempt for Michigan State. Payton Thorne (2 TDs) finished the game with 182 yds on 19/29 through the air while his quarterback rate was 134.1. He threw 1 interception and his Y/A was 6.3. Michigan State conceded 47 run attempts for 153 yards (3.3 yards per rush). The Spartans passing defense allowed a completion rate of 67.6%, surrendering 288 yds on 25 for 37 passing. The Spartans finished the contest with a total of 294 yards while they ran 58 plays (5.1 yards per play). Michigan State ran the football for 3.9 yds per carry, finishing the game with 112 yds on 29 attempts.
When discussing their ability to score points, the Spartans are sitting 94th in D-1 by tallying 24.3 PPG. For the year to this point, the Spartans have racked up 2,097 yards through the air as well as an average of 233.0 passing yards per outing, which ranks 69th in the country. The Michigan State Spartans average 332.1 yards per contest, ranking them 110th in the country. The Michigan State offense has 523 yds of penalties on 54 violations, which ranks 80th in the country in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Spartans are relinquishing 26.0 points per contest, which puts them 68th in D-1. Michigan State has allowed a total of 1,502 yards rushing (166.9 yards/game) in addition to 9 touchdowns via the rush on the campaign. Overall, they have surrendered 234 points in total. They have conceded 19 touchdowns through the air as well as 259.8 yards/game, ranking them 103rd in D-1. The Spartans defense has taken the field for 660 plays, which is good for 108th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Scarlet Knights/Spartans college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Scarlet Knights +11.5
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