Kickoff from Ann Arbor is set for 3:30 ET and can be seen nationally on ABC. For only the second time this season, Michigan State (6-2, 4-4 ATS) running back Javon Ringer failed to find the end zone and was held to a season low 67-yards in last Saturday’s 45-7 beat down at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
In turn, MSU dropped out of the AP Top 25, and is likely out of contention for the Big Ten crown. College football bettors were not only laughed at due to the final score, but the Buckeyes showed little hesitation in blowing away the NCAA football betting line of 3.5-points.
MSU went with backup quarterback, Kirk Cousins, to start the second half, but brought starter, Brian Hoyer, back to the field late in the contest; Cousins led the Spartans to their only touchdown, a third quarter 3-yard pass to Charlie Gantt. MSU also committed five turnovers on the afternoon.
Oh how a game can change in just thirty minutes. If one were to look at the final box score from Michigan’s visit to Penn State last Saturday, it would be extremely difficult to accept the fact that the Wolverines actually led 17-14 at halftime.
By the final whistle, however, Penn State had scored 32-unanswered points en route to a 46-17 blowout of Michigan. The victory snapped the Nittany Lions’ nine-game losing streak to the Maize and Blue.
College football gamblers watched in dismay, as Joe Paterno’s squad moved to 8-0 for the tenth time in his tenure, while the Wolverines strung their second three-game losing skid together against the closing NCAA odds. Michigan was out-gained by nearly 200-yards, and could only convert on four of fifteen third-down attempts.
Big Blue dropped to 1-6 ATS with the loss. Either Michigan State is next in line to kick the Wolverines while they’re down, or Michigan (2-5, 1-6 ATS) could shock the Big Ten again, as they did against Wisconsin back in Week 5; MSU is favored by 4-points with Saturday’s total sitting at 45.5.