Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan State Spartans Betting Preview
One of the biggest weekends of the 2019 college football season is upon us. Three huge, ranked, heavyweight matchups are featured on the board in this slate, with all of the implications in the world on the College Football Playoff.
Game time: Saturday, October 26th @ 3:30pm
While the Penn State Nittany Lions taking on the Michigan State Spartans will not be featuring two nationally-ranked teams, this is one of the most important games of the weekend after Wisconsin’s loss last week to Illinois.
Penn State has a chance to hold the second (or possibly even first) spot in the Big Ten Conference’s East Division with a win here. They will be on the road against a slipping Michigan State team, but as Wisconsin just learned, there are no gimmes in the Big Ten.
We will breakdown the matchup between these two schools and help you make the best bets for the game.
Is This The Year For Penn State?
Penn State has looked like one of the best teams in the country, and its ranking certainly reflects that. Coming into this game, the Nittany Lions are sitting at No. 6 in the country, though they have one heck of a tough remaining schedule. Besides this game against Michigan State on the road, they still have to go to Ohio State and Minnesota, the other undefeated teams in the conference.
But there is no way that Penn State can catch itself looking ahead. Michigan State is no easy out, and at home, the Spartans have as good of a chance to beat anybody.
What will travel well for Penn State is its defense. The Nittany Lions have been absolutely lights out this season defensively, allowing only 10 points per game. This group held up strong last week against Michigan and will likely be able to shut down anything Michigan State wants to make happen.
Sean Clifford will look to get going early for this Penn State offense. The Nittany Lions’ passing attack has been what has carried them all season. The Spartans’ pass defense is solid, but I like Clifford in this game to get going early
Michigan State Is Reeling
There is not much to say when you are coming off back-to-back losses against maybe the best two teams in the conference.
This was a gauntlet of a stretch for the Spartans going against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State in a four-week span.
Coming off a bye week, this is the chance the Spartans want to turn their season around. All is not lost, and a win against Penn State could change the course of the season and lock the Spartans into a bowl at the end of the year.
If the Spartans want a chance, they will have to make it a slow, grind-it-out kind of game on the back of running back Elijah Collins. Collins has been the leading offensive player for Michigan State this year.
The defense will have its hands full trying to stop Clifford, but I believe in the Spartans this week, and I think they will be ready to go for blood.
This should be a tight game no matter what, and Penn State is only favored in this game at -6. While Penn State has been one of the best teams in the Big Ten, I think that its offense will find it difficult to score consistently on the road against the Spartans.
I am going with Michigan State as the home dog in this contest. It is catching Penn State at a time where it will likely be looking ahead other games on its schedule.
Lock in this bet before kickoff!
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