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Point spread favors Spartans in battle with Boilermakers

Purdue BoilermakersMichigan State Spartans
1-5October 19, 2013, 12:00 | Spartan Stadium5-1

Spartan Stadium features a battle between the host Michigan State Spartans and the visiting Purdue Boilermakers in betting action Saturday.

The Spartans currently sports a record of 5-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-2-1 ATS. The Boilermakers are 1-5 and 1-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Spartans post a 3-3 over under record this season, while the Boilermakers have gone 3-3 against the number.

View Purdue Boilermakers vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

Bettors going with the Spartans in this game found them listed as -21-point favorites on the betting line at Sportsbook.ag earlier in the week.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 35-rated Spartans and the No. 110-rated Boilermakers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 37-2 win for the Spartans on Saturday.

Purdue was a 44-7 loser in their most recent outing at home against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (51) made winners of UNDER bettors. Jeremy Langford went over the 100-yard mark (109) in his team's latest effort as Michigan State defeated Indiana by a score of 42-28 on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Michigan State's No. 60-ranked offense, averaging 30.5 PPG, against a Boilermakers defense that ranks No. 116 this week at 37.83 PPG. The Spartans aerial game is averaging 187.83 yards per game, less than the Boilermakers secondary allows through the air, 222.67 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Boilermakers own the league's No. 117-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 304.5 yards per game when on the road. Michigan State, on the other hand, rates No. 37 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Boilermakers at Spartans trends to consider:
Purdue is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Purdue is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
Purdue is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Purdue is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Michigan State is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Michigan State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Michigan State's last 15 games
Michigan State is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Purdue at Ohio State, Saturday, November 2nd
Michigan State at Illinois, Saturday, October 26th