Michigan St. vs. Notre Dame Pick

College Football Week 3 Picks: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame 9/17/16

Which team has edge in Saturday’s big rivalry game between No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 12 Michigan State at 7:30PM ET? Here’s our breakdown of the contest.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Notre Dame is the favorite at home on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish are being given odds of -7.5 points against the Spartans. The over/under total for the game is listed at 52 points. Notre Dame has won its last three meetings with MSU and the Irish are 3-0-1 against the spread in the last four games in this series.

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After suffering a 50-47 loss to Texas on the road to start the season, the Irish defeated Nevada last week at home, 39-10. The Irish are also 1-1 against the spread. Notre Dame hasn’t had issues moving the ball, as they are averaging 444 yards per game, but they are having trouble stopping teams. The Irish are giving up 408.5 yards per contest right now. DeShone Kizer has been solid thus far, throwing for 371 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 112 yards and two scores. Notre Dame has had a strong running presence, putting up 445 yards through two games.

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Michigan State has only had one game, which was two weeks ago. The Spartans defeated Furman, 28-13. MSU was a 37.5-point favorite going into the game, but the Spartans struggled on offense, breaking in a new starting quarterback. MSU had just 361 yards of offense Tyler O’Connor got the start under center and he threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns. L.J. Scott rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries with a score as well as MSU tallied 171 yards on the ground. The MSU defense was good, holding Furman to 226 total yards. However, that was Furman.

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Michigan State has been a team that has been overlooked for years, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see them win as a big road underdog. However, MSU just doesn’t have a lot of chemistry right now and they didn’t get a chance to improve that following the win over Furman. Notre Dame was able to erase the loss to Texas last week at home and is clicking on offense right now. O’Connor is likely to struggle a little bit while the MSU defense is going to be honestly tested. They weren’t against Furman. Kizer is too much of a play maker for the MSU to contain.


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