Rose Bowl Picks: Side & Total Preview

Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:51 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:51 PM UTC

The Michigan State Spartans are making their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988, while the Stanford Cardinal return to Pasadena for a second consecutive year.

<p>Let’s take a closer look at <a target="_blank" title="Live NCAAF Odds" href="/betting-odds/college-football/">the college football odds</a> for this Big Ten/Pac-12 Conference matchup, 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>Taking things to a higher level</b></p> <p>Michigan State will make its first-ever Bowl Championship Series appearance on Jan. 1, 2014, as it has won its last nine games since suffering its only defeat at Notre Dame back on Sept. 21, 2013.</p> <p>The Spartans finished their Big Ten regular-season schedule with a perfect 8-0 record for the first time in school history—leading directly to making a seventh consecutive bowl appearance.</p> <p>Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-5 SU and 9-2 ATS as an underdog, with the UNDER going 7-5 in that situation.</p> <p><b>Getting it done against the best</b></p> <img style="font-size:1em;" src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /> <p>Stanford has won its last 10 games against ranked opponents, including a perfect 6-0 SU mark in that situation during the 2013 regular season.</p> <p>The Cardinal are making a return trip to the Rose Bowl, as they picked up a 20-14 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers as four-point neutral-site favorites in last year’s edition, while going UNDER the betting total of 47.</p> <p>Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 15-8 SU and 16-6-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record.</p> <p><b>All about the defense</b></p> <p><a target="_blank" title="Share your thoughts on our NCAAF betting forum" href="">College football handicappers</a> are going to have an interest in backing the underdog in this spot, considering the Spartans ranked No. 1 in the FBS in allowing just 248.2 yards per game.</p> <p>Michigan State has relied heavily on that particular unit in recent years—leading direction to an impressive 41-12 SU record in its last 53 games dating back to the 2010 campaign.</p> <p><b>Strength of schedule</b></p> <p>The Cardinal played the fourth toughest schedule in the country according to the latest Sagarin ratings, while the Pac-12 was seen as a tougher conference in comparison to the Big Ten throughout the year.</p> <p>Stanford’s strength on the offensive end is running the football, which is reflected in its 32-2 SU record under head coach David Shaw when out-rushing an opponent.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">Make sure to check out our:</p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a target="_blank" title="Rose Bowl Picks: Michigan State vs. Stanford" href="/college-football/free-picks/rose-bowl-picks-michigan-state-vs-stanford-a-35865/">Rose Bowl Picks: Michigan State vs. Stanford</a></p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back <a target="_blank" title="Free NCAAF Picks &amp; Betting Odds" href="/college-football/">the Cardinal for their college football pick</a>, as they’ve gone 30-4 SU and 20-13-1 ATS as a favorite the last two-plus seasons.</p> <p>Total players will want to take a look at the OVER, with the Spartans climbing above the betting total in four of its last five neutral site games.</p>
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