The Michigan State Spartans and Stanford Cardinal are two of the
more physical teams in college football, which makes the 2014 Rose Bowl one of
the better match-ups during the postseason.
Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA football odds for this Big
Ten/Pac-12 Conference showdown in Pasadena, CA, with the opening kickoff
scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Quite a season
Michigan State has won a school-record 12 games, including a 34-24
victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes as 5.5-point neutral-site underdogs in the
Big Ten Championship on Dec. 7.
The Spartans will be making their fifth appearance in this
prestigious affair, with the last trip coming in 1988.
It’s important to point out that the program has failed to cover
the number in its last six games versus Pac-12 foes.
It’s not easy beating the same opponent twice in a season, but
Stanford did exactly that with a convincing 38-14 win over the Arizona State
Sun Devils as three-point road underdogs in the Pac-12 Championship last time
The Cardinal are now a perfect 10-0 SU against ranked opponents
with Kevin Hogan under center, while they’ve held 20 of their last 25 opponents
to 20 or fewer points.
College football handicappers will be interested in grabbing the
points with the Spartans in this contest, considering they possessed the
top-ranked defense nationally for the entire 2013 campaign.
Michigan State has allowed an average of just 247.8 yards per
game, including just 2.7 yards per carry on the ground.
The Cardinal have out-gained their last seven opponents on the
ground, with running back Tyler Gaffney doing the heavy lifting, as he comes in
with 1,618 rushing yards on the season.
Stanford has compiled a dominating 33-2 SU record in its last 35
games in the Golden State, while it has covered seven of its last nine bowl
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I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinal for their college football pick, as they’ve
gone 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games.
College Football Pick: Stanford Cardinal -4.5