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Florida Atlantic OwlsMichigan State Spartans
Sep 10, 12:00 PM | Grass of Spartan Stadium

Florida Atlantic Owls vs Michigan State Spartans Odds


Owls are supposedly clever creatures and maybe they can teach Florida Atlantic how they can possibly hope to beat Michigan State at Spartan Stadium.

It's a mismatch on paper and on the field but the 32.5-point spread makes it plenty interesting at online sportsbooks such as BetOnline this weekend. But recall the Owls couldn't cover 34 points last week against the Florida Gators before banking on a backdoor cover here in Week 2.

View Florida Atlantic vs Michigan State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Sportsbooks have set the Spartans as 33.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total is listed at 49.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Spartans rated this week at No. 46 and the Owls sitting at No. 105. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 42--18 result in favor of the Spartans this week.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits the Michigan State's No. 67-ranked offense, averaging 28 PPG, against a Owls defensive that ranks No. 102 this week at 41 PPG. The Spartans aerial game is averaging 237 yards per game, less than the Owls secondary allows through the air, 271 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Owls feature the league's #27-rated road run defense, allowing 197 yards per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, ranks #45 in rushing offense at home.

Florida Atlantic was a 41-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Florida. They failed to cover the 34–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (44) made winners of UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Michigan State was a 28-6 winner at home against Youngstown State. The game had no spread or over-under wagering, as it involved a non-board school.

Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing in September are 1-9
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 2-8

Michigan State Spartans Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

A few Owls at Spartans trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Florida Atlantic's last 12 games
Florida Atlantic is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Florida Atlantic is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan State is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
Michigan State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
Florida Atlantic at Auburn, Saturday, September 24
Michigan State at Notre Dame, Saturday, September 17