College Football Picks: Michigan State vs. Nebraska

Jeff Grant

Thursday, November 14, 2013 4:48 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 4:48 PM GMT

The Michigan State Spartans and Nebraska Cornhuskers both have a legitimate chance of landing in the Big Ten Conference title game, as the two teams prepare to meet Saturday. Follow all the betting action for this game, here at sbrforum.com!

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting lines for this matchup at Memorial Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Coming off a bye

Michigan is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS since suffering its only loss of the season to Notre Dame, as it enters this particular matchup off a bye week that directly followed a 29-6 win over the Michigan Wolverines as four-point home favorites on Nov. 2.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Spartans have won and covered the spread in four of their five opportunities following a week off, while the UNDER is 3-2 in that situation.

Playing solid football

Nebraska is riding a two-game winning streak, including a 17-13 triumph over Michigan as 5.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while both games fell short of the betting total.

The Cornhuskers have won their last seven games decided by seven or fewer points, while also posting a 10-1 SU record in their last 11 regular season affairs against conference foes.

Defense

College football handicappers will have an interest in playing the Spartans in Lincoln, considering they lead the nation in allowing just 210.2 yards per game.

Michigan State is also 17-9 SU in Big Ten road games under head coach Mark Dantonio, but it has lost all seven overall meetings in this particular series.

Running the football

There’s no doubt that the Cornhuskers want to control the football on the ground, as running back Ameer Abdullah has gained 1,213 yards on the ground, but he’ll be facing a defensive unit that hasn’t allowed a touchdown in its last three contests.

Nebraska will be playing without the services of dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez due to a foot injury, as it looks to improve upon its 4-2 SU record at home against ranked opponents under Bo Pelini.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Spartans for their college football picks, as they’ve gone 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS as a road favorite since 2011.

College Football Pick:  Michigan State Spartans -6

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