Michigan State at Iowa: 11/7/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Iowa Hawkeyes (0-2) vs Michigan State Spartans (1-1)
Game Info: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
Betting Odds: Iowa Hawkeyes -7 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Michigan State Spartans will travel to Kinnick Stadium to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Michigan State Spartans improved to 1-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season after upsetting the 13th ranked Michigan Spartans, 27-24, this past Saturday. Michigan State came in as 21.5-point underdogs agianst their in-state rivals, however, the Spartans were outstanding on offensively against the Wolverines and held on the victory late after taking a 27-17 lead with 5:11 left in the 4th quarter. Michigan State was outgained by a 452-449 margin and did not commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans QB Rocky Lombardi who completed 17 of 32 passes for 323 yards & 3 TD’s.
On the season, Michigan State is averaging 27.0 ppg on 409.0 total yards per game (321.0 passing yds/g; 88.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Michigan State has been led by Rocky Lombardi who has completed 64.0% of his passes for 642 yards, 6 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for Lombardi and the Spartans have been Ricky White (9 rec, 201 yards, TD), Jalen Nailor (8 rec, 152 yards, TD), and Jayden Reed (12 rec, 146 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Spartans backfield has been the duo of Jordon Simmons (28 att, 98 yards) and Connor Heyward (20 att, 46 yards).
Defensively, Michigan State is allowing their opponents to average 31.0 ppg on 364.0 total yards per game (235.0 passing yds/g; 129.0 rushing yds/g).
The Iowa Hawkeyes dropped to 0-2 (0-2 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the Northwestern Wildcats, 21-20, this past Saturday. Iowa jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter agianst Northwestern, however, the offensive struggled the rest of the way and the Hawkeyes allowed the Wildcats to fight back for the victory after Northwestern took 21-20 lead with 6:05 left in the 4th quarter on a 2-yard TD run by Jesse Brown. Iowa was outgained by Northwestern by a 293-273 margin and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawkeyes was WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette who has 7 receptions for 84 yards.
On the season, Iowa is averaging 20.0 ppg on 376.5 total yards per game (240.5 passing yds/g; 136.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa has been led by the backfield duo of Tyler Goodson (29 att, 120 yards, TD) and Mekhi Sargent (15 att, 91 yards, TD). QB Spencer Petras has completed 53.9% of his passes for 481 yards, TD, and 3 INT. The top receiving threats for the Hawkeyes have been Sam LaPorta (11 rec, 117 yards), Ihmir Smith-Marsette (7 rec, 84 yards), Nico Ragaini (7 rec, 77 yards), and Tyler Goodson (7 rec, 67 yards).
Defensively, Iowa is allowing their opponents to average 22.5 ppg on 329.5 total yards per game (206.0 passing yds/g; 123.5 rushing yds/g).
The Spartans are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 conference games and just 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. Michigan State, however, just 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
It has already been an interesting season for Michigan State as after getting upset by Rutgers to kick off their season, the Spartans had an incredible bounce back after defeating Michigan on the road. I cannot say I have been overly impressed by Iowa as they could not defeat a Purdue team that was missing key players while also allowing Northwestern to fight back from a 17-point deficit to win the game. Iowa is a tough place to play and Michigan State has struggled here over the past few years, however, I think Rocky Lombardi can will be able to find enough success on the offensive end for the Spartans to at worst, cover with the points. Good Luck!