Rutgers vs. Michigan State - 11/23/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Michigan State Spartans (4-6) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm (SHI Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +20 -- Over/Under:
The Michigan State Spartans and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in week 13 college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Michigan State Spartans have lost their last three road games. Brian Lewerke is completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 2,178 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Lewerke has one or less touchdown passes in 11 of his last 14 games. Darrell Stewart Jr. and Cody White have combined for 1,299 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Matt Seybert has 22 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 123.2 yards per contest, and Elijah Collins leads the way with 742 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 25.6 points and 337.4 yards per game. Antjuan Simmons leads the Michigan State Spartans with 72 tackles, Kenny Willekes has 6.5 sacks and Josiah Scott has two interceptions.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a feel good win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost four of their last five home games. McLane Carter is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Carter and Artur Sitkowski have combined for three touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Bo Melton and Raheem Blackshear have combined for 679 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Isaiah Washington has 13 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 133.8 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 597 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 38.6 points and 447.5 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 92 tackles, Elorm Lumor has two sacks and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.
The Spartans are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 conference games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 7-16 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 9-4 in Scarlet Knights last 13 conference games. The under is 13-5 in Spartans last 18 games overall.
The Michigan State Spartans are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games as a double-digit favorite. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as a double-digit underdog. The Michigan State Spartans need to win out in order to clinch a bowl game, but they're riding a five-game losing streak and have scored 10 or less points in four of their last five games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights held their own for the most part against Ohio State, and now they get to play for 12 seniors on the roster. Michigan State should win this game, but Sparty isn't good enough offensively to lay this many points. Give me Rutgers and the three touchdowns.