Nebraska Vs. Michigan State College Football Week 6 Odds & PredictionsJosh Bailey
The Michigan State Spartans will look to hand the Nebraska Cornhuskers their first loss of the season when the two longtime rivals throw down at Spartan Stadium on Saturday in a Big Ten pairing that will likely have bowl game implications for both teams.
No. 17 Nebraska at No. 10 Michigan
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Spread: Michigan State -8
Cornhuskers Vs. Spartans Odds & Predictions
Nebraska (5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS) is coming off an emphatic 45-14 win over Illinois in Week 5 as a 20.5-point home favorite and move to 3-0 ATS over their last three games. The Cornhuskers are ranked seventh in the nation in scoring (45.4 ppg) and third in rushing (354.8 ypg), thanks mostly to the contributions of running back Ameer Abdullah.
Ameer Abdullah has gained at least 10 yds on 25% of his carries and leads the nation with 29 rushes of 10-plus yards. pic.twitter.com/WU99rSybIV
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 2, 2014
The fleet-footed senior leads the nation with 833 rushing yards on 114 carries (7.3 ypc) and posted his third 200-yard rushing game of the season against the Fighting Illini while extending the longest FBS streak of 100-yard rushing games to 17.
If Abdullah gets just 26 more all-purpose yards, he will become only the seventh player in conference history to reach 6,000 for his career.
Nebraska ranks in the top three in the FBS in rushing yards per game, yards per rush and rushes of 10+ yards. #NEBvsMSU
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 1, 2014
Michigan State (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS) spanked mediocre Wyoming 56-14 to cover the college football betting line as a 27.5-point favorite and move to 2-0 ATS over the last two games.
The Spartans are ranked second in the nation in scoring, averaging a whopping 50.2 points per contest while also ranking 35th in the country in points allowed (20.2 ppg).
The Spartans have scored a whopping 201 points so far and that is the program’s highest total through four games ever. Junior quarterback Connor Cook has completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 837 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. Cook leads the Big Ten and ranks third in FBS in passing efficiency (192.3).
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) October 1, 2014
Defensively, Michigan State is tied for seventh in the country in forcing turnovers (12) and leads the nation in time of possession (37:29).
I really like the Nebraska Cornhuskers coming into this contest and believe the spread for this matchup should be a lot close to a field goal than the eight points it currently is.
Nebraska is 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six games against Michigan State, making them the pick to cover the spread, if not win outright.