College Football Week 3 Play Of The Week - Michigan St.vs. Notre Dame

Michigan State Spartans running into the field

Ian Cameron

Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:04 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016 11:04 PM GMT

Sports handicapper Ian Cameron provides his Play Of The Week in Week 3 College Football action.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Michigan State will be looking for a big win in South Bend this Saturday and I think they are live to possibly win this game outright. The Spartans are in their dominant point spread role in the Mark D’Antonio era as an underdog in which they have gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 tries in that role during the regular season since 2012. Michigan State comes off a bye week giving them a chance to prepare their team well for this game and senior QB Tyler O’Connor should benefit from the extra practice time after the MSU offense was guilty of looking somewhat out of sync in their first game of the season against FCS squad Furman in Week 1. 

It’s worth noting O’Connor started at QB when Michigan State went into Columbus and knocked off the Ohio State Buckeyes 17-14 as underdogs last season as O’Connor didn’t show any signs of crumbling amidst the pressure of playing in such a tough atmosphere and hostile environment and that experience should bode well for him here in this game. Notre Dame bounced back last week from their opening game OT loss against Texas to take care of business against on overmatched Nevada team 39-10 but only managed to outgain the Wolfpack by 144 yards. 

Notre Dame has settled on Deshone Kizer at QB but their defense has some issues heading into this game especially in the secondary as that unit is dealing with cluster injuries at the moment which could be exploited by Michigan State here in this game. Michigan State is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings against Notre Dame on this field in South Bend and I expect the Spartans to once again cash another underdog ticket and keep this game within a single score. I’ll make Michigan State my College Football Week 3 Play Of The Week.

 

Free NCAAF Pick: Michigan State +8 -110 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker
CFB POW Record: 1-1 50%

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