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Michigan State Spartans at Baylor Bears Cotton Bowl Classic Betting Pick and Odds

Michigan State Spartans


Baylor Bears
Thursday, January 01, 2015 12:30 PM ET
AT&T Stadium

The Michigan State Spartans have been profitable as underdogs lately, a situation they find themselves in for this year's edition of the Cotton Bowl Classic against the Baylor Bears in Arlington.

The Spartans are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games as underdogs on the college football betting lines, with the Bears opening as the chalk for this year's Cotton Bowl Classic. Michigan State is also 3-0 both SU and ATS in its last three bowl game appearances, while OVER bettors will be taking note that 292 total points were scored in Baylor's last three bowl game appearances.

Michigan State Spartans vs Baylor Bears Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Baylor Bears were sitting as -1.5-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada. The total was to be set a bit later in the week for over under betting purposes.

Computer Prediction: Michigan State Spartans vs Baylor Bears Pick

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Bears to win this game on Thursday 36-35. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Michigan State Spartans vs Baylor Bears Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan State Spartans will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 8-4 ATS against the spread this season, while the Baylor Bears are 8-4 ATS. Michigan State is 9-3 on the over under betting totals; Baylor is 7-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Baylor vs Michigan State injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 8-rated Baylor Bears and the No. 4-rated Michigan State Spartans in this matchup.

How Michigan State Spartans vs Baylor Bears Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Baylor Bears No. 1-ranked offense (48.83 PPG) against a Michigan State Spartans defense that ranks No. 12 at 19.92 PPG. The Baylor Bears passing attack has averaged 346.17 yards per game, more than the Michigan State Spartans give up through the air (195.67 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Michigan State Spartans own the league's No. 10-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 111.8 yards per game when on the road. Baylor, on the other hand, rates No. 15 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Jeremy Langford ran through the Penn State defense for 118 yards in Michigan State's last game, handing the Nittany Lions a 34-10 setback on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Bryce Petty's 412-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Baylor earned a 38-27 win over Kansas State on Saturday at McLane Stadium.

Michigan State Spartans vs Baylor Bears Betting Odds Trends

Michigan State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Michigan State is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Michigan State's last 14 games
Baylor is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
Baylor is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games