College Football Week 8 Picks: Michigan State Spartans vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Michigan State Spartans vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Saturday, 10/18/14, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan State -15
Current Betting Line:  Michigan State -15
Opening Total:  61.5
Current Total:  59.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Indiana Hoosiers have gained over 200 yards on the ground in every game this season
The Indiana Hoosiers have gained over 200 yards on the ground in every game this season

Michigan State has won four games in a row, including a 45-31 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as 21-point road favorites last Saturday, while winning the statistical battle by at least 93 yards in all of those affairs.  The Spartans own a 43-15-2 SU all-time advantage in this Big Ten Conference series, which is important to consider when making your Week 8 college football betting picks, including a 20-9-1 mark when playing in Bloomington.  Michigan State is 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS as road favorites the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (3-3-1 Over/Under).

The Spartans’ current 11-game win streak in Big Ten play is the second longest in school history, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines.  Michigan State has won 20 of 29 conference road games under head coach Mark Dantonio, including a 14-3 mark since the start of the 2010 campaign.  Offensively, the team has scored 273 points through its first six games—the highest total of its kind in school history.

Indiana has alternated wins and losses over its first six games of the season, as it looks to bounce back from a 45-29 defeat to the Iowa Hawkeyes as 3.5-point road underdogs last week, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Hoosiers will need a big game from running back Teven Coleman, who gained 219 yards on 15 carries a week ago, while the program ranks sixth nationally in averaging 302.7 yards per game on the ground overall.  Indiana is 3-13 SU and 7-9 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 11-5 in that situation.

The Hoosiers have recorded 200-plus rushing yards in all six games this year, with Coleman owning the longest active streak in the nation with eight consecutive 100-yard performances.  On the other side of the ball, Indiana sits fourth in the Big Ten and 26th nationally in third down conversion defense at 32.3 percent.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hoosers due to the Spartans being a mediocre 6-6 ATS in Weeks 5 through 9 since 2012.

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