Michigan State vs Miami prediction and game preview.
Michigan State vs Miami Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 18
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
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Michigan State (2-0) vs Miami (1-1) Game Preview
Why Michigan State Will Win
Miami needs its defensive front to dominate to have any sort of a chance in this, but the Spartans have been brilliant so far on the lines.
The offensive front isn’t allowing much pressure in the backfield, the ground game has been rolling with 300 yards per game, and there weren’t any blips against Northwestern and Youngstown State.
RB Kenneth Walker dominated Northwestern, and he wasn’t needed much last week – he should be rested and ready to go. QB Payton Thorne was wonderful last week with the big plays kicking in, and he’ll press a Hurricane secondary that’s been getting bombed on way too easily.
Why Miami Will Win
Even with the blowout loss to Alabama – and the tight battle against a good Appalachian State – the Hurricane line is getting into the backfield with a whole lot of tackles for loss.
Yes, the Spartan offensive front has been great, but it also hasn’t been pushed or tested so far. If the Canes can hold on against the run – they haven’t been awful over the first two games – they should be able to make the Spartans press a bit. As good as Thorne has been, he hasn’t needed to make any big key throws yet.
On the other side, for all of the good things Michigan State has done defensively, it’s been lousy on third downs. Miami doesn’t care about the time of possession battle, but this might be the game to control the tempo and clock.
What’s Going To Happen
Miami is overdue to start playing a whole lot better, but it’s hard to do anything big against Alabama and an Appalachian State team that might be the best in the Sun Belt.
Michigan State is the real deal, but it’s going to be pressed far more than it was against Northwestern. Miami’s defensive front will keep the team in the game, but there won’t be enough consistency to the offense and the secondary will give up two big plays to kill a few momentum swings.
Michigan State vs Miami Prediction, Line
Michigan State 30, Miami 27
Line: Miami -6.5, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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