Michigan State vs. Nebraska College Football Picks: Spartans Will Improve to 9-0

Joe Catalano

Friday, November 6, 2015 10:16 PM GMT

The #7 Michigan State Spartans (8-0, 4-0) put their undefeated record on the line in an inter-conference matchup against the Nebraska Cornuhuskers (3-6, 1-4). The Spartans can't go into this game as college football odds favorites and take it lightly.

Currently the Huskers rank last in the West Division of the Big-Ten Conference and that's something that you'll never see in a lifetime as they possess one of the best NCAA records of all-time. 

Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, November, 7th at 7:00 p.m. EST at Tom Osborne Field At Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The name Nebraska collects ratings and despite the Huskers record, this game will be telecasted on ESPN.

 

Respect For Nebraska?
We will be all over Michigan State as the college football odds makers drank the cool-aid and Michigan State is a mere 6 point favorite and the betting total for this game is 57.5 points.

The Spartans aren't the defensive team that they've been in the past, allowing 22.1 points per game, but they possess wins over top 25 teams such as Oregon and Michigan. They also possess an evenly distributed offense between their rushing and passing game and starting quarterback, Connor Cook is the cataylst.

 

Nearly Perfect
He's not going to throw for 400 yards regularly, but Connor Cook knows how to run an offense. For the season, Cook has been nearly mistake-free with 2070 yards passing, 17 TD, 2 INT's. He's not a quarterback that will throw for a high completion percentage, but some of the greats in football history such as Tom Brady remained great without throwing for 70%.

Cook has a great ability to incorporate the running game, led by LJ Scott (502 yards, 9 TD) as he seeks out his favorite target, Aaron Burbridge.

Thus far this season, Burbridge has 830 yards and 5 TD's and this is against the cream of the crop. In his last 3 games, Burbridge has been especially hot as he's caught 27 passes for 416 yards. Look for Cook to seek out Burbridge often as he's tallied 52 receptions this season and is improving game by game.

 

Tommy Armstrong Jr. Will Play
Although I don't think it matters at this point, the Cornhuskers stand their best chance of winning with Armstrong Jr. behind center. Armstrong Jr. has been hampered by a foot injury and missed his last game against the Purdue Boilermakers.

At 2052 yards with 16 TD's and 7 INT's, Tommy Armstrong Jr's numbers look rather respectable. Nebraska has had a lot of close games not go their way. This is a team that has lost 3 games by 3 points or less and 5 games by 5 points or less. However, good teams win these games or a majority and that's basically destroyed Nebraska's season.

Armstrong Jr. will be relying on his two favorite targets in Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly on Saturday while he and leading rusher, Terrell Newby do most of the work on the ground. Newby has rushed for 697 yards and 5 TD's this season.

While Nebraska certainly isn't as bad as their record indicates, they find a way to lose ball games and I'm backing the team has hopes for a BCS playoff look and has incentive to destroy a team that's synonymous with winning such as Nebraska. Look for Michigan State to make a statement with your college football picks this week in what has been a disappointing season for the Cornhuskers.

College Football Picks: Michigan State -6 at 5Dimes

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