Michigan St. vs. Rutgers Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan State is favored on the road in this game, as the Spartans are getting odds of -13.5 points against Rutgers on Saturday. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 41 points. Michigan State has won their last three meetings in this series and these two have hit the under in their last four encounters. The public is currently putting 75 percent of the wagers for this game on Michigan State on the road. Today’s game takes place from High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey and will air live on FOX.
Rutgers is coming off a 41-0 loss at Indiana last week to fall to 4-7 on the year and 3-5 in the Big Ten. The Knights are 6-5 with the under, hitting it in their last two games. Rutgers has struggled on offense this year, posting just 19 points and 276.4 yards per game. Giovanni Rescigno has been the QB in recent games, but has just 517 passing yards on 48.5 percent completion rate. As a team, Rutgers has just 1,289 passing yards for the season. Gus Edwards is the leading rusher on the team with 703 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is giving up 27.3 points and 395.6 yards per game, including 180 rushing yards per contest.
Michigan State is coming off a 17-7 win at home over Maryland last week to improve to 8-3 on the season and 6-2 in the Big Ten. The Spartans are 7-4 with the under this year, hitting it in their last two games. MSU has been led by its defense, which is allowing just 21.5 points and 314.6 yards per game. Offensively, Michigan State is putting up 21.5 points and 373.5 yards per contest. Brian Lewerke has thrown for 2,358 yards and 16 touchdowns this year while rushing for 433 yards and four scores. LJ Scott is the leading rusher with 731 yards and six touchdowns while Felton Davis III has 45 catches for 586 yards and eight scores.
The total is set low, but its that way for a reason. MSU has a defense that shouldn’t have a problem shutting down this Rutgers offense. On the flip side, the Spartans haven’t proven to be a dominant offense and are on the road against a respectable Rutgers defense. This game should be a physical battle with some ugly football. I don’t expect many points to be scored in this one.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE/RUTGERS UNDER 41