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Michigan State Struggling to Cover

Michigan State Football

The Michigan State Spartans have been failing to cover this season, with the team going just 2-7 ATS in their past nine games. Michigan State will look to reverse that trend when they host the Maryland Terrapins Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • Michigan State is 5-2 SU in their last seven following a loss.
  • Maryland is 5-0 ATS in their last five road games in November.
  • Quarterback Connor Cook has thrown for eight touchdowns the past two games.

The Spartans are coming off a controversial loss to Nebraska last week on a last minute touchdown that saw Michigan State lose 39-38. With the loss Michigan State now sits behind Ohio State in the Big Ten East standings, which could set up a massive matchup next week between the two teams.

Maryland is on a six-game losing streak, which has seen them look largely overmatched at times. The Terrapins have averaged a paltry 17.2 points during that skid.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Maryland Terrapins opened as 16-point underdogs in this one at BetOnline before falling to +15. As of Friday, the total was set between 55 and 56.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 30-22 result in favor of the Spartans. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Maryland Terrapins vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan State Spartans currently sport a record of 8-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-7 ATS. The Maryland Terrapins are 2-7 and 6-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Michigan State Spartans post a 5-4 over under record this season, while the Maryland Terrapins have gone 6-3 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Michigan State vs Maryland injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Michigan State Spartans at No. 35 and the Maryland Terrapins at No. 96 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Michigan State Spartans No. 42-ranked offense (33.89 PPG) against a Maryland Terrapins defense that ranks No. 100 at 33.44 PPG. The Michigan State Spartans passing attack has averaged 267.56 yards per game, more than the Maryland Terrapins give up through the air (250.11 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins feature the league's No. 80-rated road run defense, allowing 198.67 yards per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, ranks No. 74 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Terrapins suffered a Week 10 loss against Wisconsin in their last game, falling 31-24 at Byrd Stadium.

Tommy Armstrong led the way last time out for the Spartans, connecting for 320 passing yards, but failing to earn the victory in a 39-38 loss to the Spartans at Memorial Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Maryland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Maryland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Maryland's last 11 games
  • Maryland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Michigan State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Michigan State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 17 of Michigan State's last 24 games
  • Michigan State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Maryland home to Indiana, Saturday, November 21st
Michigan State at Ohio State, Saturday, November 21st