College Football: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Lincoln)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers +1.5 — Over/Under
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The Michigan State Spartans and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans have a chance to win at least seven games for the seventh time in the last eight years. The Michigan State Spartans have won three straight road games. Rocky Lombardi is completing 48.6 percent of his passes for 419 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Lombardi and Brian Lewerke have combined for 10 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Felton Davis III and Cody White have combined for 909 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Darrell Stewart Jr. has 28 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 118.4 yards per contest, and Connor Heyward leads the way with 359 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 19.7 points and 327.3 yards per game. Andrew Dowell leads the Michigan State Spartans with 75 tackles, Kenny Willekes has 8.5 sacks and Khari Willis has two interceptions.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for a big victory after winning three of their last four games. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have won three straight home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,212 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Martinez has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman have combined for 1,674 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Jack Stoll has 15 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 226.5 yards per contest, and Devine Ozigbo leads the way with 958 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 33.8 points and 449.4 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 93 tackles, Luke Gifford has 5.5 sacks and Deontai Williams has two interceptions.
TheSpartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss and 4-9 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Cornhuskers are 3-13-2 ATS in their last 18 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Nebraska and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
The Michigan State Spartans have been hit or miss all season long, and most of that inconsistent play has to do with an offense that’s produced 19 or less points in three of their last six games. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been a different team over their last four games, winning three of those contests and the only loss being a five-point contest to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Michigan State Spartans have failed to cover four of their last six games as a favorite of any kind. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have covered three straight games as an underdog of any kind. I honestly don’t know why Michigan State is favored here, even if it’s a small line. The Michigan State Spartans can’t score and have two subpar quarterbacks in Lombardi and Lewerke. Nebraska is a completely different team than when it started the season with seven straight losses, and there’s 19 seniors on this roster that the team will want to send out with a victory in the last home game. Nebraska with this line has to be one of the better bets on the board.