College Football Pick Michigan State at Northwestern 10-23-10

October 19, 2010


#7 Michigan State Spartans (7-0) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (5-1)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 12:00PM ET

Line: Michigan State -5

Who would’ve expected the Spartans to possess one of the best defenses in the nation, along with a robust running game and some strong leadership behind Kirk Cousins. The junior quarterback has passed for 1,617 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, his work has helped the Spartans remain undefeated at 7-0. Northwestern is another talented team in the Big Ten, they suffered their first loss of the season against Purdue. Last week the team struggled to stop Purdue’s running attack and couldn’t find a running game of their own, losing 20-17.

Keys to the Game:

–          This Michigan State Spartans team is the real deal. They tore up 444 yards on offense against Wisconsin, held Michigan to 17 points, and dominated Illinois last weekend, 26-6. The defense is ranked 17th in the league, allowing 16.6 points this season.

–          Northwestern is ranked 20th in the nation in the passing game. The team has been averaging 282.3 passing yards behind their senior quarterback, Dan Persa. So far he’s thrown for 1,663 yards and ten touchdowns this season.

–          Heading up against a solid offense last weekend against Illinois, the Spartans squeezed three interceptions out of Illini quarterback, Scheelhaase and ripped up the secondary for 201 passing yards. The Spartans remain 3-0 in the Big Ten and will need to continue this defensive play when playing on the road this weekend.

Free College Football Pick

The Spartans are 25th in the nation this season in scoring, averaging 34.4 points this season. The team has found success through their receivers Mark Dell, B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin. Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell have both done the job on the ground for this team also. Michigan State continues to prove themselves this weekend against Northwestern.

Free College Football Picks: Michigan State -5

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