Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 11/24/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Friday, November 24, 2023
Location: Ford Field in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Spartans (+8)
Ford Field is where the Michigan State Spartans (4-7) will play the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2) on Friday, November 24, 2023. Michigan State opens this matchup as 8-point dogs. The total is set at 42.5.
The Penn State Nittany Lions step onto the field holding a record of 9-2 for this season. In their last contest, the Nittany Lions stepped onto the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and walked away with a win by a score of 27-6. Beau Pribula led the offense in rushing for the Nittany Lions with 8 totes for 71 yds (8.9 yds per carry). Drew Allar connected on 6/13 with 79 yds passing. He had a QB rating of 97.2 and walked away from the contest without throwing an interception. In the running game, the Nittany Lions gave up 99 yards on 42 tries, which is an average of 2.4 yards per run surrendered. Penn State conceded 10 pass completions on 16 tries for a total of 130 yards, and a completion rate of 62.5%. Once the final whistle blew, they tallied 53 plays which converted into 322 yards. The Penn State Nittany Lions ran the football 39 different times and accrued 234 yards, which is an average of 6.0 yds per carry.
The Nittany Lions have earned 4,106 total yards for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Penn State has amassed 24 touchdowns through the air and 24 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 6 times. Penn State has amassed 248 first downs as a unit, and they have been called for 55 infractions for 483 yds. As a team they maintain an average of 177.9 yards on the ground which has them sitting 42nd in Division 1. Regarding scoring, the Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 36.7 points per game.
The Nittany Lions rank 4th in Division 1 concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 12.5 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.4 yards per run and 79.2 rushing yards per game for the campaign. Overall, they have allowed 871 yards via the ground game in 11 games. Regarding passing yards, the Nittany Lions have given up 1,755 yds which has them sitting in 6th in D-1. They have relinquished 159.5 yards per contest via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 57.5%. In total, they are giving up 238.7 yards per outing which puts them 2nd in D-1. They have relinquished 7 touchdowns through the air and 9 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Spartans step onto the field holding a record of 4-7 for this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Spartans got the win with a final of 24-21 against the Indiana Hoosiers. Katin Houser (3 TDs) finished the contest with 245 yards on 26/41 passing while his QB rating was 128. He threw 2 interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 6.0. Nate Carter ran the football 11 times for 42 yds, finishing the game with 3.8 yards per carry for Michigan State. Michigan State ran for 2.1 yards per attempt, finishing the game with 72 yds on 34 carries. The Spartans ended up finishing with 317 yards while running 75 plays (4.2 yards per play). The Spartans passing defense allowed a completion rate of 55.9%, relinquishing 192 yards on 19 for 34 through the air. Michigan State surrendered 46 rushing attempts for 210 yds (4.6 yds per rush).
The Michigan State Spartans hold an average of 306.5 yards per contest, which is good for 123rd in the country. The Michigan State offense has totaled 678 penalty yds on 76 infractions, which has them ranked 27th in college football in terms of giving up free yards. They are averaging 99.4 yards per game via the rush and have run for 1,093 yards in total. They have given away 12 picks while letting opponents recover 9 fumbles and they have been able to tally 194 first downs. Regarding how much they score, the Spartans are ranked 128th in the nation holding an average of 17.4 points per game. For the year to this point, the Spartans currently have a total of 2,278 yards via the pass in addition to an average of 207.1 throwing yards per outing, ranking them 90th in Division 1.
Michigan State has given up a total of 1,544 yards rushing (140.4 yards/game) as well as 12 touchdowns by way of the ground game this season. They have yielded 21 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 231.5 yards per game, which has them sitting 74th in D-1. They have compiled 7 fumbles recovered and 9 interceptions on the year. The Spartans defense has taken part in 739 plays, which ranks 75th in college football. The Spartans are relinquishing 27.1 PPG, which has them sitting 77th in college football. This season, they have relinquished 298 total points.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Spartans college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Spartans +8
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