Saturday Night College Football: (12) Michigan State Spartans at (18) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Tarean Folston has 115 yards on 28 carries in 2016.

Tarean Folston has 115 yards on 28 carries in 2016.

Michigan St-Notre Dame
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Spread: ND -7.5
M/L: ND -280, MIS +240
Total: 51

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked No. 18 nationally after defeating Nevada 39-10 in Week 2. Week 1 saw the Irish fall 50-47 to Texas.

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In the victory over Nevada, QB DeShone Kizer threw 15 of 18 for 156 yards and two TDs, but did throw a pick. Kizer rushed for an additional 35 yards on 10 carries, as the Irish gained 239 yards on the ground, paced by Josh Adams’ 106 yards on 10 carries. Dexter Williams rushed for 59 yards on eight attempts with a TD as the Irish scored three rushing TDs and another two via the pass.

Equanimeous St. Brown led the Irish with 85 yards on six catches and CJ Sanders had 46 yards on five catches as the Irish completed 19 passes at a 10.8 yard per attempt average. Sanders also had a kick return for 37 yards, and he returned a punt for 24 yards in the game as well, showcasing his speed on the special teams units in addition to his contributions as a wideout.

Kizer has completed 30 of 42 passes on the season for 371 yards with seven TDs and just the one interception. His passer rating is a stellar 195.9, and St. Brown has caught 11 passes for 160 yards on the season with a pair of TDs. Sanders has caught eight passes for 101 yards and there are five Irish players with three catches or more on the season.

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The backfield has been productive, but Adams is far and away the class of it with his 7.1 yards per attempt and 149 total yards. Tarzan Folston leads the team in carries with 28, but has 115 yards and one TD. Kizer has rushed for 112 yards on 23 carries and leads the team with two rushing TDs. Kicker Justin Yoon is 2 of 3 on field goals with a long of 39 yards, and he has connected on 10 of 11 extra points this season.

Michigan State is ranked No. 12 and won its opener two weeks ago 28-13 against Furman. Tyler O’Conner passed 13 of 18 for 190 yards, three TDs and one interception, finishing the game with a 77.4 passer rating. O’Connor rushed for 11 yards on six carries. LJ Scott carried the load. He rushed 20 times for 105 yards and a TD, and the Spartans had 171 rushing yards in the game. Monty Madaris caught five passes for 85 yards, and Felton Davis III had three catches for 40 yards and a TD.

Josiah Price caught a 21-yard TD pass for one of the other scores as the Spartans had three receiving TDs and 190 total passing yards. Darrell Stewart Jr. returned two kicks for 52 total yards and RJ Shelton had an 18-yard kick return. Shelton returned his two punts for a total of 19 yards, and Brandon Sowards had just four yards on his two returns. Jake Hartbarger punted three times for an average of 44.7 yards with a long of 58-yards.

Michigan State will face No. 9 Wisconsin next week to open its Big Ten schedule.

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ATS TRENDS

Michigan State
  • Spartans are 25-7-2 ATS in their last 34 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Spartans are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
  • Spartans are 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 road games.
  • Spartans are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
  • Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
  • Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • Spartans are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
  • Spartans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
  • Spartans are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. INDEP.
Notre Dame
  • Fighting Irish are 8-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Fighting Irish are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Fighting Irish are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
  • Fighting Irish are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
  • Fighting Irish are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
  • Fighting Irish are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten.

OU TRENDS

Michigan State
  • Under is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 games overall.
  • Over is 10-2 in Spartans last 12 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
  • Over is 9-2 in Spartans last 11 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
  • Under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 non-conference games.
  • Under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Notre Dame
  • Over is 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • Under is 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
  • Over is 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Over is 5-2 in Fighting Irish last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Over is 7-3 in Fighting Irish last 10 games following a ATS win.
  • Under is 36-17-1 in Fighting Irish last 54 games following a straight up win.

HEAD TO HEAD

  • Spartans are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Notre Dame.
  • Road team is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
  • Underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
  • Spartans are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
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