Rose Bowl Picks: Michigan State vs. Stanford

Monday, December 16, 2013 4:01 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 4:01 PM UTC

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.

<p style="text-align:center;"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left;"></span></p> <p>Let’s take a closer look at <a href="/betting-odds/college-football/" title="Live in NCAA Basketball Odds" target="_blank">the NCAA football odds for this Big Ten/Pac-12 Conference showdown</a> in Pasadena, CA, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":252357, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Quite a season</b></p> <p>Michigan State has won a school-record 12 games, including <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-ohio-state-vs-michigan-state-a-35528/" title="College Football Picks: Ohio State vs. Michigan State" target="_blank">a 34-24 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes</a> as 5.5-point neutral-site underdogs in the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 7.</p> <p>The Spartans will be making their fifth appearance in this prestigious affair, with the last trip coming in 1988.</p> <p>It’s important to point out that the program has failed to cover the number in its last six games versus Pac-12 foes.</p> <p><b>Domination</b></p> <img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="" style="font-size:1em;" /> <p>It’s not easy beating the same opponent twice in a season, but Stanford did exactly that with <a href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-picks-stanford-vs-arizona-state-a-35564/" title="College Football Picks: Stanford vs. Arizona State" target="_blank">a convincing 38-14 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils</a> as three-point road underdogs in the Pac-12 Championship last time out.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><b>Defense</b></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Michigan State has allowed an average of just 247.8 yards per game, including just 2.7 yards per carry on the ground.</p> <p><b>Gaffney</b></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 games.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"><em>Make sure to check out <a href="/college-football/free-picks/sbr-forum-s-ncaaf-bowl-contest-a-35479/" title="SBR Forum's NCAAF Bowl Contest" target="_blank">SBR's NCAAF Bowl Contest</a> and see how you can win $5000!</em></p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers <a href="/college-football/" title="We give you free NCAAF picks &amp; odds" target="_blank">back the Cardinal for their college football pick</a>, as they’ve gone 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games.</p> <p><strong>College Football Pick:</strong> Stanford Cardinal -4.5</p>
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