College Football Pick Michigan State at Iowa 10-30-10

October 29, 2010


#5 Michigan State Spartans at #18 Iowa Hawkeyes

Saturday October 30, 2010 3:30 PM EST

Line: Iowa -6.5

Iowa got its’ second loss of the season against Wisconsin last weekend 31-30. They are now 1-2 against ranked teams this season. Michigan State beat Wisconsin earlier this season 34-24 and are 2-0 vs ranked opponents. This Spartans team has played at a high level all year long.

Stats to consider:

Michigan State Spartans:

  • The Spartans are 8-0 with a 4-0 Big Ten record.
  • They are 2-0 on the road this season.
  • Points against per game: 17.9 (18th)
  • Points for per game: 34.5 (26th)
  • Passing yards a game: 255.3 (34th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 193.5 (28th)

Iowa Hawkeyes:

  • The Hawkeyes are 5-2 with a 2-1 Big Ten record.
  • They are 4-1 at home and their first home loss was last week vs Wisconsin 31-30
  • Points against per game: 15.7 (11th)
  • Points for per game: 33.7 (30th)
  • Passing yards a game: 253.9 (38th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 159.1 (53rd)

What to watch for:

  • This game is poised to be one of the best of the week, if not the best. Both teams are extremely talented, but Iowa has 2 more loses than the Spartans in the loss column.
  • Spartans RBs Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell have combined for over 1,200 yards with 15 TDs.
  • Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins has 1,948 yards 14 TDs and only 4 Ints. Cousins last week threw for 331 yards and 3 TDs. He has not thrown an Int the last 3 weeks.
  • Iowa RB Adam Robinson has 737 yards and 9 TDs this season. He has 2 straight 100 yard games coming into this one.
  • Senior Haweye QB Ricky Stanzi has 1,732 yards 16 TDs and only 2 Ints. He has two straight games of over 248 yards and 3 TDs with no Ints in them.

Both teams have been playing at a high level coming into this one. This is one of the tougher sports picks of the week without a doubt. Iowa just lost last week to a team that Michigan State beat earlier this season. Turnovers will determine this one as neither QB has thrown an Int the last two weeks.

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