Free Week 1 Prediction: Falcons vs Spartans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Bowling Green Falcons vs. Michigan State Spartans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: Michigan State -18
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Classic start to the season with the B10 taking on the MAC. In this case neither of these teams is considered a threat to take their conference title.
MSU has a dreadful 2016 and many are expecting a return to respectability and bowl eligibility. This is the opener so they might be a little sluggish but at the same time they might be looking to prove something too.
Bowling Green Falcons
Last year was the first of the Mike Jinks era at BGSU and the program fell. Did Dino Babers exit at just the right moment or is it just hard to maintain high levels of success? It might be too early to know.
Under Babers the offense really ramped up and last year they had a lot of trouble scoring.
Prior to taking the HC job Jinks was in the Texas Tech program so I would bet he is still committed to flinging the ball around and this year with the returnees they have they might have more success with it.
The defense was very porous last year and gave up a lot of points.
They are likely to be at a physical disadvantage in this one so it will likely be on the offense to keep them in the game. It might be asking too much of this group.
Michigan State Spartans
Prior to falling off the rails last season the Spartans were among the best programs in college football since 2010, winning 10 or more games in all but on one season.
Coach Mike Dantonio earned the benefit of the doubt but he will have to prove it this season.
This season there appears to be a getting back to basics philosophy where they will lean on a running game that should be the strength of the team. Bruising LJ Scott is going to be tough for Bowling Green to handle.
When they were rolling the MSU defense was fantastic.
They have lost some key pieces from a year ago but this is where that benefit of the doubt comes in. I am not sure this group will be elite but they might look like it when they ground the Falcons in the opener.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Falcons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
- Falcons are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Under is 4-0 in Falcons last 4 games overall.
- Spartans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
- Spartans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
- Under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 non-conference games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Early in the season it is difficult to know which way to go with these big numbers. You want to believe some underdog stories, sometimes, but here I just don’t see it. MSU should win easily and cover.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Michigan State -18.5
Normally this wouldn’t be a statement game for a program like Michigan State but I think it will be this season. Look for the first quarter to provide a bit of a beatdown on Bowling Green.
I see Sparty getting to this number by the end of the first half and then playing thing pretty evenly after that. A first half number of -10 might also be a nice wager.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Michigan State 42 – Bowling Green 10
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