College Football: Big Ten PSU vs. MSU
#7 Penn State Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) at #24 Michigan State Spartans (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten)
November 3, 2017- 12:00 PM ET (TV FOX) Spartan Stadium (MI) East Lansing, MI
One week removed from a heartbreaking defeat, the Penn State Nittany Lions will have little time to regroup as they will face another tough opponent in the Michigan State Spartans as both teams will battle in a Big Ten clash in East Lansing on Saturday at high noon that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Nittany Lions Lines: MyBookie Spread (-9.5) ML -390
Best Spartans Lines: 5Dimes Spread (+10) ML +323
Over/Under: XBet 47.5
Seemingly in the driver’s seat on their way to earning their way into a College Football Playoff (CFP) berth, the then-No. 2 Nittany Lions were shocked when they gave away a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead at Ohio State last week resulting in a 39-38 defeat that sent them down to a No. 7 ranking with a 7-1 mark (4-1 Big Ten).
Now, the Nittany Lions must find a way to regroup as they will be facing a Michigan State team seeking to bounce back from their own heartbreaking loss; a 39-31 road defeat at Northwestern that took three overtimes to decide a winner.
With the loss, the Spartans with a (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) record are now ranked No. 24 in the CFP poll.
A second-place tie for each team in the Big Ten standings, one-game back of Ohio State, Saturday’s matchup will prove pivotal as each team will aim to remain in the conference hunt along with the Buckeyes.
The quarterback matchup will pit Trace McSorley of the Nittany Lions versus Brian Lewerke of Michigan State. McSorley has passed for 2,071 yards with 16 touchdowns and five picks. Lewerke has thrown for 1,807 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Getting it done on both sides of the football, Penn State is scoring 39.8 points per game, while allowing 13.3 on defense. The Spartans for their part are averaging 23.8 points, while yielding 19.6 per contest.
One player to watch for will be running back Saquon Barkley, the Heisman Trophy candidate for Penn State who has rushed for 801 yards on the season with nine touchdowns.
Will Barkley be the difference maker in this game against the tough rushing defense of Michigan State? For sports betting purposes for our US players, MyBookie is favoring PSU (-9.5) points over MSU, while 5Dimes is giving the underdog home team (+10) points. XBet delivers the over/under with 47.5 total game points scored.