Michigan State football vs Rutgers 2021 betting odds and prediction
11th-ranked Michigan state football, led by head coach Mel Tucker, appear to remain undefeated on Saturday afternoon as they face Rutgers.
Tucker has Michigan State who plays great football. In the first five games of the season, the Spartans are averaging 37.8 points per game, which ranks them 19th in college football. Tucker’s club are bringing in 20.6 points per game, which places them 39th in the country.
Michigan state football averages 255 passing yards and 211 rushing yards per game. While this is a balanced attack, the Spartans rely heavily on their 1-2 punch out of the backfield.
Kenneth Walker III is averaging 6.8 yards per carry in 2021, with a total of 680 yards and eight rushing touchdowns this season. Walker III is the best tailback East Lansing has seen since Le’Veon Bell.
When Walker III needs a rest, the Spartans look to Jordon Simmons, who has carried the rock 36 times for a total of 179 rushing yards, good for five yards per sack.
Aside from Walker III, wide receiver Jayden Reed has proven to be the main threat to the program’s play. Reed is averaging 30.7 yards per punt return plus an incredible 39.6 yards per punt return this season. Reed already has two punt returns for touchdowns in 21, none more important than late in the fourth quarter to force overtime in a Michigan state football game that ultimately beat Nebraska 23-20.
Reed also leads the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns. In five games, Reed had 463 receiving yards on 20 receptions and five receiving touchdowns.
Two weeks ago, Rutgers played a spectacular second half against Michigan, keeping the Wolverines off the scoreboard for the entire second half despite being 20-13 behind. The Scarlett Knights followed that close game in Ann Arbor with a resounding home loss last weekend to Ohio State at 52-13.
Rutgers struggle to generate an offense under Greg Sheiano, averaging 359 total yards, but they are allowing 338 per game.
Michigan State Football Prediction Against Rutgers, Betting Odds and Spread.
Michigan state football is a 5.5 point favorite, according to WynnBET, and the Under / Over is pegged at 50 points overall.
I have the Spartans on the road to win this game, but I like Rutgers +5.5 in this one. It has the makings of a defensive fight and a game that does not reach the total of 50 points. I have Michigan State winning this one 24-20.