Michigan State vs. Nebraska fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 17
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Michigan State (6-4) vs. Nebraska (3-7) Game Preview
One Reason Why Michigan State Will Win
The defense continues to be amazing.
It stuffed Ohio State last week, but lost because the field was tilted by the Buckeye punting game. The Spartans were able to keep the Buckeye ground game in check, and on the year, it has allowed just 765 yards.
Giving up just 2.55 yards per carry and just five rushing scores since the opener against Utah State, MSU’s defensive front is tough, disciplined and doesn’t miss. At the moment, it’s having a historic season – just three teams in the last ten years finished allowing fewer than 1,000 rushing yards for the season, and two of them were named Alabama.
Nebraska’s running game isn’t going to work, and QB Adrian Martinez will end up being a pocket passer a bit too much.
The Huskers go fast, don’t care about time of possession, and still give up turnovers a bit too much.
Michigan State will seem like it has the ball all afternoon, and it’ll take the Huskers down to its level of speed. Nebraska has to prove it can somehow win in a grinding fight.
One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win
The MSU run defense is amazing. The secondary can be hit.
The Spartans were able to stuff a run-first/run-only Maryland offense a few weeks ago, but just about everyone else has been able to throw for 200 yards or a whole lot more.
The comp here might just be the Utah State team that came so, so close to pulling off a win in the opener – and is currently ranked 14th in the CFP top 25. Lots of dinks and dunks, lots of quick-hitting throws, and lots of production when it was able to move the offense like it wanted to.
It was a lot of bend-but-don’t-break from the MSU D, but it broke a bit too much. Now the Spartan secondary has to deal with the fantastic Nebraska receivers and a downfield passing game that will stretch things out a bit.
Throw in that it’s the last home game of the season for the Huskers, and watch out for the energy level to ramp up. It’s been a rough year, but Nebraska has won three of its last four games. Win this, and this becomes the hot team in the West going into 2019.
What’s Going To Happen
Martinez will be great. He’s not going to run much, and he’ll have to bomb away, but he’ll average close to nine yards per throw as the Nebraska offense forces Michigan State to come out of its shell a little bit.
Michigan State – even with LJ Scott redshirting for next year – will be able to run just well enough to do what it likes to do and make this a fight, but the Nebraska passing attack will pull it off with a late scoring drive culminating with a touchdown pass that will have the fan base buzzing.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Nebraska 24, Michigan State 23
Line: Michigan State -2.5, o/u: 49.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 3.5
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