Michigan State Vs Minnesota Line & Free PickJosh Bailey
No. 21 Michigan State Looks to Extend Winning Ways at Minnesota in Week 7 Big Ten Battle
The 21st-ranked Michigan State Spartans will look to extend their winning ways when they hit the road to take on a desperate Minnesota Golden Gophers team that is looking to get back in the win column in a big way this coming weekend. The Big Ten rivals will square off on Saturday, live from TCF Bank Stadium at 8:00 PM ET while airing on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan State Vs Minnesota Week 7 Line & Free Pick
Michigan State Spartans (4-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-2)
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: TCF Bank Stadium
Line: Michigan State – 4
Why Bet the Michigan State Spartans Odds at -4
The Spartans have won two straight games and come into this matchup off a stunning 14-10 road win over previously seventh-ranked Michigan to cover the spread as a 13-point underdog. Quarterback Brian Lewerke completed 11 of 22 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown, but it was Michigan State’s defense that really got the job done. The Spartans picked off Michigan quarterback John O’Korn three times in the win and kept the Wolverines off the scoreboard in the second and fourth quarters.
For the season, Lewerke is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 1,057 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. Michigan State is averaging a modest 22.4 points per game (106th) but have been outstanding in limiting the opposition to just 16.4 points per contest defensively (13th).
Why Bet the Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds at +4
The Golden Gophers have dropped two straight and are coming off a humbling 31-17 loss to Purdue 31-17 last weekend. Minnesota was held to just three second-half points against the Boilermakers after going into the half up 14-6. Quarterback Conor Rhoda went 11 for 25 for 101 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the loss, but the Gophers gave up 18 fourth-quarter points despite winning the turnover battle 4-2 and time of possession battle by just over five minutes.
Rhoda is completing 55.7 percent of his passes this season for 786 yards with five touchdowns but four costly interceptions. Minnesota is averaging a respectable 28.0 points per game (76th) while limiting the opposition to just 17.2 points per game defensively to rank 16th nationally in points allowed.
Michigan State Vs Minnesota Free Pick
The Spartans may now be ranked inside the top 25 and they may be favored, but really, they’re not much better than Minnesota which is why I’m going to advise you to back the Gophers to cover the spread at home in this matchup.
Michigan State has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and just 1-6 ATS in their last seven meetings against Minnesota. The Gophers are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and a robust 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up loss.
The Spartans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings against Minnesota while the underdog in this series has gone 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings. While a whopping 70 percent of public bettors like the Spartans to get the road win and ATS cover, I’m going with Minnesota to get the ‘upset’ at home in this Week 7 matchup.
Pick: Minnesota +4