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Notre Dame and Michigan State clash in evenly matched series

The last 14 meetings between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans have been split at 7-7 SU apiece, with Michigan State holding a narrow ATS advantage of 7-5-2. The two teams continue their rivalry this Saturday in East Lansing.

  • Notre Dame is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road against teams with winning records.
  • Michigan State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games in September.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of Notre Dame’s last four games against Michigan State.

Quarterback Brandon Wimbush ran for 207 yards and four rushing touchdowns last Saturday against Boston College, breaking the school rushing records for a quarterback in a single game in both categories. On the season, Wimbush now has 314 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns to go along with 491 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air.

After winning at least 11 games in five of their previous six campaigns, the Spartans stumbled to an ugly record of 3-9 SU and 4-8 ATS last year. Michigan State is off to a 2-0 SU and ATS start in 2017 and can match last year’s season win total with a victory Saturday.

This game will mark just the fifth time since 2009 that the Spartans are going off as a home underdog. Michigan State is 4-0 ATS and 2-2 SU in its last four games as a home dog.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Michigan State Spartans were 6-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.

OddsShark prediction models picked the Fighting Irish to win this game on Saturday 29-24. 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.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan State Spartans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Saturday, as they are 2-1 versus the spread this season, while the Michigan State Spartans are 2-0 ATS. Notre Dame is 2-1 against the OVER/UNDER total, while Michigan State is 0-2 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Michigan State vs Notre Dame injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Michigan State Spartans at No. 71 and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at No. 24 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Michigan State's No. 66-ranked offense, averaging 31.5 PPG, against a Notre Dame defense that ranks No. 39 this week at 18.67 PPG. The Michigan State aerial game is averaging 205.5 yards per game, more than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish secondary allows through the air, 200.33 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish feature the league's No. 72-rated road run defense, allowing 185 yards per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, ranks No. 23 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Josh Adams ran through the Boston College defense for 229 yards in Notre Dame's last game, handing the Eagles a 49-20 setback on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

The Spartans grabbed a Week 2 victory over the Broncos in their last game, winning 28-14 at Spartan Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Notre Dame's last 5 games
  • Notre Dame is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Notre Dame is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 8 games on the road
  • Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games
  • Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

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Notre Dame home to Miami-OH, Saturday, September 30
Michigan State home to Iowa, Saturday, September 30