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STANFORD vs. MICHIGAN STATE
Wednesday, Jan 1, 5:00 pm
ESPN In one of the biggest games of the bowl game season, we have the 4th ranked team in the country against the 5th ranked team in the country. The Stanford Cardinal and Michigan State Spartans are two teams who had some big years, with Stanford going 11-2, and Michigan State going 12-1. It took Michigan State pulling off the big win against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game, and Stanford knocking off the Arizona State Sun Devils in order to get to the Rose Bowl. Both teams more than deserve this big game, and it's going to be great to watch.
The Michigan State Spartans and Stanford Cardinal are both great defensive teams, but you just can't say enough about the Michigan State defense this year. The Spartans averaged only giving up 12.7 points per game all year, which is just amazing. Stanford on the other side gave up only 18.6 points per game, which is incredibly impressive as well since they played some very, very strong offenses who can really put up points.
Offensively these two teams are pretty even, but Stanford has put up better numbers by a few points per game. Stanford averages 33.2 points per game, while Michigan State averages 29.8 points per game. I actually think that Michigan State flew under the radar a good bit this year, which is surprising for a 12-1 team.
My real question in this game is which passing offense is going to get things going. These two teams are almost exactly even in passing, as Stanford throws for 202.2 yards per game, and Michigan State throws for an average of 202.5 yards per game. I actually think that whichever team can air it out better in this game could end up getting the win, and I see this game being close throughout, and it could even come down to a final drive.
Originally when the line came out on most sportsbooks it was around -3 for the Cardinal and told everyone to get down at that point.Both teams have a solid defense and won their conference championship and always look forward to the game in Pasadena. Hopefully you grabbed this at a moneyline or a field goal but still like them laying the points although I would buy down to 6.
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