Michigan State vs. Northwestern NCAAF Betting Predictions & Odds
Posted by: Mike Davis
Last year Northwestern was a default champion of the Big Ten West Division. Their loss to Ohio State in the B1G title game was proof of their illegitimacy. So far this season the Wildcats offense has again shown itself to be a college football betting liability. As bad as Northwestern has been offensively Michigan State was even worse one week ago. Indeed, the Spartans 10-7 home loss to Arizona State will go down in infamy. Head coach Mark Dantonio shuffled coaches rather than fire them. Yet the offense is still not producing. And now the heat is coming his way.
Michigan State Spartans Vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Michigan State Spartans Vs. Northwestern Wildcats Betting Odds
Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State is 2-1 straight up, 1-2 against the spread and 1-2 under the total. To show the loss to Arizona State included 10 penalties and sloppy play throughout the game. MSU did outgain the Sun Devils 404-216 in yards but failed to finish. Most important of all their game-tying field goal was overturned because of too many men on the field penalty. Namely, that points to Dantonio. Spartan fans are outraged that their third in the nation ranked defense is not getting support. MSU ranks a lackluster 74th for scoring offense.
Players to Watch: QB Brian Lewerke (797 YDS, 64% COMP, 7.4 AVG, 4 TD, 1 INT, 136.6 RTG, 18 RSH, 60 YDS, 3.3 AVG, 0 TD), RB Elijah Collins (44 RSH 281 YDS, 6.4 YPC, 1 TD), WR Darrell Stewart Jr (25 REC, 362 YDS, 14.5 YPC, 1 TD), WR Cody White (12 REC, 120 YDS, 10.0 YPC, 1 TD), TE Matt Dotson (9 REC, 80 YDS, 8.9 YPC, 1 TD)
Counter to Michigan State was a Northwestern win of 30-14 over UNLV. Although the Wildcats failed to cover as 18.5-point chalks they’ll take it. Northwestern is 1-1 straight up, 0-2 vs. the odds, and 0-2 under the total. Offensively the purple is putrid. To illuminate, the Cats rank 112th in the nation for total offense and 117th for scoring. Perhaps more than any other team does Northwestern defy metrics and stats. But without a reliable offense, there is only so far they can go. Especially in the vastly improved Big Ten West.
Players to Watch: QB Hunter Johnson (220 YDS, 42.9% COMP, 5.2 AVG, 1 TD, 3 INT, 80.4 RTG), RB Drake Anderson (28 RSH, 146 YDS, 5.2 YPC, 1 TD), RB Jesse Brown (11 RSH, 85 YDS, 7.7 YPC, 0 TD), RB Isaiah Bowser (10 RSH, 54 YDS, 5.4 YPC, 0 TD), WR Bennett Skowronek (9 REC, 110 YDS, 12.2 YPC, 0 TD)
Michigan State vs. Northwestern Betting Numbers
Michigan State Spartans
5-8 ATS in their last 13 away games
2-4-1 against the spread in their last 7 home games
Michigan State vs. Northwestern Betting Picks
In this situation, the proud Spartans should be motivated for sports betting redemption. As was previously noted Michigan State gets the money at Ryan Field. Furthermore, the Northwestern offense will struggle to score against the nasty MSU defense.
Score Prediction: Michigan State Spartans 21, Northwestern Wildcats 7