Ohio St. vs. Michigan St. Prediction

College Football Predictions: Ohio State vs. Michigan State 11/19/16

Will No. 2 Ohio State run through Michigan State when the two meet up in East Lansing at Noon ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Ohio State is favored on the road in this contest, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -21.5 points against the Spartans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 52 points. Ohio State has won seven of the last 10 meetings with Michigan State, but the Spartans are 4-3 against the spread in the last seven meetings.

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The Buckeyes are 9-1 on the season following a 62-3 win at Maryland last week. Ohio State is 6-1 in the Big Ten and 6-4 against the spread on the year, despite being just 3-4 ATS in the Big Ten. Ohio State has an offense that has been tough to stop, as they are averaging 46.5 points and 511.4 yards per game this season. J.T. Barrett has thrown for 2,218 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 617 yards and eight scores. Mike Weber has added 935 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Curtis Samuel has run for 637 yards as well while catching 57 passes for 750 yards. Defensively, Ohio State is holding opponents to just 12.7 points and 274.4 yards per game. They rank fourth in the country in total defense.

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Michigan State is coming off a 49-0 win over Rutgers last week to snap a 7-game losing streak. The Spartans are now 3-7 on the season, 1-6 in the Big Ten and 3-7 against the spread. Michigan State has been struggling most of the season on offense, averaging just 26.1 points and 406.3 yards per game. They do have a decent run game, putting up 175.6 yards per game. LJ Scott is the leading rusher with 775 yards and five touchdowns. When it comes to the quarterback position, Tyler O’Connor has thrown for 1,747 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, MSU is giving up 27.1 points and 360.5 yards per contest. The Spartans are allowing 160.3 yards per game. The team could be without stud defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who sat out last week’s game with an ankle injury.

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The Spartans showed some signs of life last week, but Ohio State has looked pretty tough over the last two weeks. If Michigan State is without McDowell, Ohio State should be able to march the ball quite easily. The Buckeyes’ defense shouldn’t have any difficulty against Michigan State’s offense, which hasn’t been consistent all year.


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