NCAA football odds action has Michigan State in a potentially dangerous spot on Saturday as they travel to Northwestern for a Big Ten matchup with the NCAA betting lines.
Michigan State is ranked 7th in the BCS standings and opened at Sports-Gambling as a 6.5 point road favorite. Kickoff for this one is at noon with a telecast on ESPN.
The Michigan State Spartans have a NCAA football gambling record of 7-0 straight up and 5-2 against the spread. The Spartans are coming off a solid 26-6 home win and payout over Illinois and lead the Big Ten standings.
Michigan State is a well balanced and highly disciplined and fundamental team that ranks 25th in scoring and 17th for points allowed. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has shown improvement and maturity in his second year on the job with a 66% completion rate, 9.6 yards per attempt, and an 11/4 touchdown/interception ratio.
The ground game is powerful with Edwin Baker, who has 706 yards and a 6.7 yards per carry average and Le’Veon Bell, who has 562 yards and a 6.9 yards per carry average.
The Northwestern Wildcats make for a potentially dangerous and live home dog as they are coming off a bye week that followed a tough 20-17 home loss to Purdue.
Northwestern has the 20th ranked passing attack in the country with quarterback Dan Persa, who has a stunning 78% completion rate and a 9.4 yards per pass average with a 10/2 TD/INT ratio. Persa also leads the Cats in rushing with 295 yards. Northwestern ranks 23rd in the country for points allowed.
Northwestern has an overall NCAA football wagering record of 5-1 straight up and 4-2 against the spread and has gone over the total 4 times.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has excellent game preparation skills and with 2 weeks to prepare for this one, it makes for a potentially dangerous trap game for Michigan State, who will need all of their discipline to escape with a win.