Michigan State and Nebraska Collide in a Huge Big 10 Football Showdown

Well what do you know – the Big Ten has a race for their new Leaders and Legends Divisions in the conference. Right in the middle of this we have a game between Michigan State and Nebraska. Each team sports one loss as the Cornhuskers lost their opening conference game to Ohio State. The Spartans took it on the chin playing Notre Dame. Nebraska has one conference loss and a win in this game gives them the upper hand in the division.

Let’s face the facts, folks. May experts didn’t see the Spartans coming out on top last week against the Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan State showed heart and made a real showing as they were in total control on the defensive side of the ball. This game is for the top spot in the Legends Division of the Big Ten.

Michigan State has a Top Ten defense as they rank #2 in passing yards defense but only allowing 134 yards per game and hold the rushing yardage to 89 per game which is 9th best in the country. The Spartans are averaging 29 points per game and allowing a measly 13 to their opponents. Last week, quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for no interceptions and three touchdowns in the big win. Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell are a tailback tandem that is increasingly hard to stop.

Many thought Nebraska could be a national title contender but that talk stopped early in the Big Ten schedule. The Cornhuskers have only lost the one game with sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez. He has amassed 1176 yards passing this year and has found Jamal Turner for 243 of them. Rex Burkhead is a strong running back that is difficult to take down as he has 752 yards on the ground and has crossed the touchdown line 11 times so far this season.

Nebraska is an average defensive team as the give up more yards in the air as they garner for themselves. But on the ground they are #7 in the nation with 261 yards accumulated and only give back 162 of them.

What does this all mean? The game is played in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, October 29, 2011. With the temperature at game time about 64 degrees we find neither team gaining an advantage there. Michigan State is ranked 10th in the nation while Nebraska saunters in at #13. With the home game Nebraska gets some consideration but the Spartans are just too good of a team. Especially on the defensive side of things as they look to baffle the Cornhuskers a bit on offense. Michigan State has a perfect 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 conference games and are 7-1 ATS in October while we find Nebraska is 2-5 when playing teams with winning records to go along with a stunning 8-20 ATS in their last 29 games as a favorite at home.

The odds at most sportsbooks show Nebraska as slight -4 point favorites. Take away home field advantage and linesmakers are basically calling this game a pickem. I think Michigan State should get a slight edge against this years Nebraska team. With all of these facts at our disposal, are prediction for this huge Big Ten matchup is Michigan State +4 to cover on the road.

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