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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans Preview 11/17/2012

The fans at Spartan Stadium will be treated to a game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Michigan State Spartans when they take their seats on Saturday.
Oddsmakers currently have the Spartans listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game's total is sitting at 44.
Northwestern was a 38-31 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Michigan. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (69) made winners of OVER bettors.
In their last action, Michigan State was a 28-24 loser at home against Nebraska. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

TEAM RECORDS:
Northwestern: 7-3 SU, 9-1 ATS
Michigan State: 5-5 SU, 3-7 ATS
NORTHWESTERN MOST RECENTLY:
When playing in November are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 6-4

MICHIGAN STATE MOST RECENTLY:
When playing in November are 8-2
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 5-5


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northwestern's last 8 games on the road
Northwestern is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games when playing Michigan State
Michigan State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Northwestern
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan State's last 6 games at home
Michigan State is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Michigan State's last 8 games

NEXT UP:
Northwestern home to Illinois, Saturday, November 24
Michigan State at Minnesota, Saturday, November 24