Free 2015 Cotton Bowl Prediction: Crimson Tide vs Spartans Odds
College football betting on the 2015 Cotton Bowl sees the Alabama Crimson Tide taking on the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday December 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
College Football Playoffs – Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) vs. Michigan State Spartans (12-1)
Date: Thursday December 31
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Alabama -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 47
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So here we are with a second go at this playoffs thing. Not much controversy in the selection of these two teams though.
Whenever the B10 and the SEC square off it is always with college football domination in mind. Hopefully we get a good one.
Early on it looked like another team from the SEC might be in this spot but when all was said and done the Crimson Tide proved they are not going to cede their position so nicely.
Alabama comes into this one with the newly minted Heisman winner in Derrick Henry. A true beast of a back he is very hard to contain, let alone stop. They are going to feature him throughout the game.
Of course Alabama also has one of the best defenses in the land. They are first against the run, second in total yards and third in points allowed. There are no weak spots to try and target.
Alabama is a big favourite coming into this one. They might have a chip on their shoulder too after letting another B10 team, Ohio State, beat them in last year’s playoffs.
There is no doubt in my mind that Michigan State is a good team but this is also one that needed some lucky breaks to be here. They might have been better a couple of seasons ago but this is the way things go in sports.
To beat Alabama the Spartans are going to need a very sharp game from senior QB Connor Cook. He cannot afford any mistakes and is likely to be under pressure a lot.
This will be the best defense he has faced (sorry Michigan and OSU).
MSU’s defense is solid but not as strong statistically as it has been in the past. They have to get their best playmaker Shilique Calhoun in position to make some plays because they are not going to be able to just go toe to toe with Bama.
This team has had something special about it all season long. As long as they start strong they can be in this one all game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games.
- Spartans are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Spartans are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December.
- Over is 6-0 in Crimson Tide last 6 Thursday games.
- Over is 4-0 in Crimson Tide last 4 games in December.
- Over is 8-1 in Crimson Tide last 9 bowl games.
Free Goodyear Cotton Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
This is the second game and I expect the line to just a little bit larger. When it jumps past 10 then get on the side of the green guys.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Michigan State ATS
There is not a ton of value here because I think there is a good chance that Alabama rolls right through the Spartans in this one.
2015 Cotton Bowl Free Score Prediction: Alabama 38 – Michigan State 30
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