October 4, 2013

Michigan State vs. Iowa Pick

Matchup: Michigan State Spartans vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Date/Time: October 5th, 12:00 ET

Television: ESPN2

College Football Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Pick ‘Em

Total: 38.5

In what amounts to be the game with the lowest scoring ‘total’ that we have seen in college football betting action in quite some time, the Michigan State Spartans will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium.

The Spartans are still laughable at this point. They are averaging just 340.8 yards per game, and though they are averaging 28.8 points per game, we know that they have had a heck of a lot of help to get to that point. No team has had more scores defensively than has Sparty with four, and the 55 points that were put up against Youngstown State should really be discounted as well. Take that game away, and what’s left is an offense that is a complete and utter sham. QB Connor Cook has taken over as the team’s starting quarterback for the time being, though it is clear that Head Coach Mike Dantonio doesn’t really have a single quarterback of any note on his roster. Now, this defense? That’s a totally different story. The Spartans are allowing teams to muster just 187.8 yards per game, and the team ranks first in the nation in pass defense at 130.5 yards per game and second in rush defense at 57.2 yards per game. If that keeps up over the course of the Big Ten season, this will indeed be a team that competes for a spot in the Rose Bowl in spite of that disgusting offense.

Iowa has a team that is 4-1 at this point, but just how good is the club? The team was beaten in the opener by Northern Illinois in a loss that isn’t looking all that bad at the moment. However, aside from that, there isn’t much to be proud of, though a 23-7 win last week on the road against the Minnesota Golden Gophers wasn’t a bad victory by any stretch of the imagination. RB Mark Weisman really runs the ball hard for the Hawkeyes, as he already has 615 yards and three scores to his credit. The passing game isn’t all that great with QB Jake Rudock calling the shots, knowing that there is only one receiver that has more than eight catches in five games this year. However, Rudock does also have five touchdowns on the ground to go with his six through the air, and that’s keeping this offense moving forward at all times.

Iowa is a whopping 6-1 ATS in the last seven games in this series, and it is 5-1 ATS in the last six against Sparty played here at Kinnick Stadium. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz knows just how important it is to win this game to get the team to a bowl game, as that is the minimum standard for keeping his job. Go with the Hawkeyes at home in what should be a solid game on Saturday afternoon.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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