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College Football Betting Preview and Pick - Northwestern Wildcats Underdogs vs Spartans at Northwestern

Ryan Field features a battle between the host Northwestern Wildcats and the visiting Michigan State Spartans in college football betting action Saturday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Northwestern Wildcats were 1-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at Bovada earlier (watch for line movement). No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to be posted shortly.

A 28-24 result in favor of the Spartans was the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Michigan State Spartans vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Northwestern Wildcats are 4-3 overall and 4-3 ATS against the spread, while the Spartans are 6-1 and 5-2 ATS. As for the totals, Northwestern is 3-3-1 on the OU, and Michigan State is 2-5 Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northwestern vs Michigan State injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 54-rated Northwestern Wildcats and the No. 37-rated Michigan State Spartans in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Northwestern Wildcats No. 83-ranked offense (26 PPG) against a Michigan State Spartans defense that ranks No. 14 at 16.86 PPG. The Northwestern Wildcats passing attack has averaged 256.86 yards per game, more than the Michigan State Spartans give up through the air (168.71 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Michigan State Spartans own the league's No. 11-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 88 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 69 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Spartans were Week 8 winners, coming out on top of the Hoosiers by a score of 17-9.

In their last game, the Wildcats were Week 8 winners, coming out on top of the Hawkeyes by a score of 17-10.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Michigan State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan State's last 7 games
  • Michigan State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Northwestern is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Michigan State home to Penn State, Saturday, November 4th
Northwestern at Nebraska, Saturday, November 4th