Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans: NCAA Football Week 11 Betting Odds and Picks

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans
Saturday, 11/8/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan State -2
Current Betting Line:  Michigan State -3
Opening Total:  63.5
Current Total:  58.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 45.5 points per game in 2014
The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 45.5 points per game in 2014

Ohio State enters this premier matchup having won 20 consecutive Big Ten regular season games, while it has outscored its last six opponents by a 189-38 margin in the first half.  The Buckeyes are being led offensively by dual-threat signal-caller J.T. Barrett, who has thrown for 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his last six games under center.  He leads the conference in total offense in averaging 294.0 yards per game.  Ohio State is 2-0 SUATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with both games going UNDER the betting total.

The Buckeyes have a major playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, with lineman Joey Bosa having 14.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.  He’s also tied for the Big Ten lead with three forced fumbles.  It’s also important to give mention to Urban Meyer’s 35-3 SU record in the month of November since the start of the 2003 season during his coaching career.

Michigan State is set to host its first-ever November night game in Spartan Stadium history, as it comes off a bye week after picking up a 35-11 victory over the Michigan Wolverines as 17-point home favorites on Oct. 25.  The Spartans are 14-28 SU all-time in this Big Ten Conference series, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 11 NCAA football betting picks, including a 5-14 mark in games played in East Lansing.  Michigan State is 22-5 SU and 13-14 ATS as favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 15-11 in that situation.

The Spartans current 13-game win streak in Big Ten play is the second longest in school history, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA football betting lines, which has been made possible by ranking fifth in the country in averaging 45.5 points per game.  Michigan State’s scoring margin of +25.3 ranks fifth in the FBS—outscoring opponents in the first half by 167 points.  It’s important to point out that the program ranks first in the conference and third in the country in turnover margin.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spartans due to their 9-1-1 ATS mark in their last 11 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous affair.

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