Michigan State Spartans vs Arizona State Sun Devils 9-8-2018

Michigan State Spartans vs Arizona State Sun Devils 9-8-2018

Michigan State Spartans (1-0) vs Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 10:45 pm EST
Location : University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Michigan State Spartans vs Arizona State Sun Devils

The 12th ranked Spartans of Michigan State will travel to University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, to battle the Arizona State Sun Devils on 9-8-2018 beginning at 10:45 pm EST.  These teams have not met in recently memory; however, the Spartans will look to have a better showing than in week 1 when they were caught in a battle at home on 8-31-2018 versus the Aggies of Utah State.  They would ultimately win out in a 38-31 victory, they would not cover the huge spread of 23.5 points while the over was the play with the total being set at 52.4 points for the contest.  The Sun Devils would whip up on Texas-San Antonio by a 49-7 score in their opener on 9-1-2018 as they would cash out on the spread (-14) while the over of 52 was barely surpassed.

Michigan State Spartans's Latest Performance :

The Spartans offense would have 284 yards passing along with 165 yards rushing on 23 first downs for the game.  Brian Lewerke would go 23 of 33 for 282 yards, 2 TD’s and an INT.  LJ Scott would rush for 84 yards on 23 rushes in the game while Conner Heyward would rush for 42 yards on 5 attempts.  Cody White (5 rec, 70, TD) and Felton Davis III (3 rec, 69 yds, TD) would lead the receiving corps while Darrell Stewart would have 7 catches for 55 yards total.  The Spartans would get all they could handle from USU in the opener as they allowed the Aggie offense 319 yards passing along with just 25 rush yards and 25 first down in the win.  Kenny Wilikes would have 5 tackles and 2 sacks to lead the defense while Justin Layne (4 tackles) and Joe Bachie (3 tackles and 8 assists) would also step up for the unit in victory.

Arizona State Sun Devils's Latest Performance :

The ASU defense totally locked down the UTSA offense as they allowed 218 yards passing along with 2 rushing yards total with 18 first downs as Chase Lucas would have 5 tackles and a sack to lead the defensive unit while Kobe Williams would also have 5 tackles.  DJ Davidson would have 4 tackles along with 2 sacks as well.  the offense would put up 237 yards passing along with 266 rushing yards with 21 first downs total.  Manny Wilkins would go 16 for 24 with 237 yards and 4 TD’s while also running for 28 yards on 6 rushes.  Eno Benjamin would rush for 131 yards on 16 attempts and a score while Isaiah Ford would have 79 yards on 7 rush attempts for a score as well.  N’Keal Harry would have 6 catches for 140 yards and 2 TD’s while Terrell Chapman would have a 22-yard TD catch in the victory.

How Michigan State Spartans & Arizona State Sun Devils Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Arizona State is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

Michigan State is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Spartans will certainly be looking for a much better showing than in opening week.  In other words, they will attempt to dominate in the trenches early in which to play their style of football:  Ball control offense along with a strong defensive effort.  Besides, they will not want the Sun Devil offense to get cranked up as they certainly have some playmakers on the outside that could make this game a bit uncomfortable for the road team.  In all, this will be a great test for the Spartans, and I expect both teams to be focused and very much competitive, particularly, from a defensive standpoint in this contest.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Michigan State -6.5

My reason for the pick :


I will back the Spartans in this matchup as they really pulled together in which to eek out a win in a very competitive matchup in week 1 against Utah State. With that being said, they are already battle-hardened and will look to apply what they have learned on an Arizona State team that essentially had their way in their opener last week.  In any event, I expect the Spartans to show and prove in this matchup as they will certainly want to grab the momentum early on in which to take control of this game on their way to covering the 6.5 points.

Totals Selection: Pick:  Under 56.5

My reason for the prediction :


Again, the offense was not the only culprit for the Spartans near loss last Saturday.  The defense would give up chunks of yardage to the Aggies and could not get off the field.  They will be looking to play more disciplined defense in this matchup on the road against ASU.  It is for this reason that I will take the under in this matchup as both teams will struggle scoring due to aggressive, yet, focused defensive units.

Betting trends for Michigan State Spartans:

    • Under is 8-1 in Spartans last 9 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game
    • Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss
    • Over is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 vs. Pac-12.

Betting trends for Arizona State Sun Devils:

    • Over is 6-1 in Sun Devils last 7 games overall
    • Sun Devils are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
    • Sun Devils are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games


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