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Michigan State Spartans Hosting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Week 13 Odds and Betting Pick

Rutgers Scarlet Knights


Michigan State Spartans
Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:00 PM ET
Spartan Stadium

The Michigan State Spartans will face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the first time since 2004 when they meet in a Big Ten matchup on Saturday. The Spartans have failed to cover the spread in the past two meetings with Rutgers, losing the last one 19-14 as 3-point road favorites. They have also struggled lately at home against conference opponents, going 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games under that scenario at Spartan Stadium.

Rutgers is coming off a 45-23 rout of the Indiana Hoosiers last week at home as an 8.5-point favorite. That victory broke a three-game losing streak for the Scarlet Knights, who are 7-3 ATS in their past 10 games as road underdogs.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Michigan State Spartans Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans backing the Michigan State Spartans here saw them open at 5Dimes as -22-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

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Computer Prediction: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Michigan State Spartans Pick

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 41-20 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.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Michigan State battles the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, currently with a 6-4 mark (6-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 8-2 for the Spartans and 6-4 for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Michigan State vs Rutgers injuries news.

The game pits the Michigan State Spartans, currently No. 9 in our Odds Shark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who rate No. 88 in the latest survey.

How Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Michigan State Spartans Stats Matchup

The game also pits Michigan State's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 43.8 PPG, against a Rutgers defense that ranks No. 81 this week at 28.8 PPG. The Michigan State aerial game is averaging 268.1 yards per game, more than the Rutgers Scarlet Knights secondary allows through the air, 226 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights feature the league's No. 80-rated road run defense, allowing 198.25 yards per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, ranks No. 24 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Josh Hicks tore up the turf for 114 rushing yards in the latest Scarlet Knights game, a 45-23 win over the Hoosiers at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Maryland was unable to contain Jeremy Langford in its last action Saturday and the result was a 37-15 Week 12 loss against the Spartans.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Michigan State Spartans Betting Odds Trends

Rutgers is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rutgers's last 5 games
Rutgers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Rutgers is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Michigan State is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
Michigan State is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Michigan State's last 12 games
Michigan State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

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