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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(3-3) Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan State Spartans (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Spartan Stadium, Lansing, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: MSU -7
NCAA Betting Total: 46
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Christmas colors clash collegially in central Michigan on Saturday afternoon, as the boys from Bloomington lock horns with the home team Spartans of MSU.
While the home team has become somewhat of an afterthought recently in the Big Ten, the visiting Hoosiers are coming off an overtime near-miss against MSU’s sworn rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.
Close counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, so Indiana intends to get over the hump against the superior record of Michigan State.
Indiana scored 20 points against Michigan’s vaunted defense last week, so the Hoosiers can take heart when contesting another stout defensive unit in the Spartans.
Despite the close call and the 3-3 record, Indiana is still winless in Big Ten play, which puts it a miserable seventh in the conference. A road win in East Lansing versus #18-ranked Michigan State would do much to right the ship.
Indiana is breaking in redshirt freshman QB Peyton Ramsey, who recently replaced veteran Richard Lagow in what has been an entrenched positional battle. It looks like it’s Ramsey’s ship now.
The underclassman responded by nearly guiding Indiana to an upset of superpower Michigan, despite posting sub-par numbers (20 of 41 for 178 yards, a TD and two picks).
In fairness, the Hoosiers’ three losses have come to Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. Clearly, this Big Ten bottomfeeder has had a gauntlet of an early-season schedule.
This Indiana outfit is different from previous years because rather than explosive offense, defense is this team’s calling card. Linebacker Tegray Scales and CB Richard Fant are the stars of a solid unit.
While their competition is renowned for a strong defense as well, there could be minimal scoring in Saturday afternoon’s match-up at Spartan Stadium.
A key turnover or a methodical, move-the-chains style offense could simply be the difference – even though the two teams’ records look disparate.
Michigan State Spartans
Say what you want about the “Little Brother” of Michigan State, but after a 3-9 campaign a year ago, with a roster full of primarily freshman and sophomores, “Sparty” and his crew are right back in the mix for the Big Ten title this season.
The Spartans are flawless so far in Big Ten competition; with a loss to Notre Dame being the only blip on the slate.
State also defeated arch-rival Michigan two weeks ago in a close affair, so longtime coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have a bounce in their step from that.
MSU have not just a Top 25 ranking, but a Top 25 defense nationally (18th) and an effective rushing-by-committee look, which is stewarded by RB LJ Scott, QB Brian Lewerke and back-up RB Madre London.
Indeed, sophomore WR Darrell Stewart Jr., has 15 carries for 114 yards (good for 7.6 yards per) in addition to his 21 receptions for 237 receiving yards.
Thus, it looks like the home team has that dominant run attack that can grind up clock in one of these old-school, “war of attrition” types of conference showdowns that the Big Ten and football fans in the Midwest so cherish.
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The Hoosiers made it so close against the Wolverines, and have clearly shown the confidence to run with the Big Ten’s best.
An inspired defensive effort could force the home side to punt a lot, lending itself to a mistake, possibly in special teams.
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Yet, with a still-learning Ramsey under center for the visitors, going up against Lewerke, who although only a sophomore saw extensive time starting during last year’s tough slog, the smart money is on Michigan State’s fast defense gaining an edge.
Anything could happen in this tilt, but with another win being so critical in MSU’s quest to stay relevant for the conference silverware and a squad that is always motivated and hungry under Dantonio, expect the Spartans to enjoy a home win in front of the green-clad faithful.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Michigan State 21 – Indiana 24
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