College Football Total of the Week – Week 11

Last Updated: 2017-11-09

We moved back above .500 on the season with our College Total of the Week, as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State had a good old-fashioned shootout and we had the over sealed by halftime. Still, we don’t get a bonus payout for that, nor do we lose extra when our games get blown out, which is why I always say to keep an even head regardless how much you win or lose a particular game by.

This week, we’ll take a look at the game between Michigan State and The Ohio State University. The Buckeyes are favored by 17 and the total on the game is 54.

Whether the Buckeyes were guilty of looking ahead to this game or not is a bit irrelevant, as they were thumped by Iowa last week, which for all practical pursposes, has taken them out of title contention, although stranger things have happened in the past.

These two teams have had some pretty good games the past few seasons, but the oddsmakers aren’t so sure this one will be the same, and it’s a bit surprising the line is so high, making it no surprise the Spartans are a huge public play.

Michigan State’s passing game has come to life the past two weeks, as the Spartans have thrown for more than 400 yards in each game, but it may not be quite as easy against the Buckeyes. After giving up more than 50 to Iowa, you have to expect Ohio State to come out strong defensively and the weather may also play a factor, as it will be cold with the chance of precipitation during the game.

The Buckeyes need to get back to moving the ball on the ground and the Spartans will pose a challenge there, but Ohio State could enjoy some success against a Spartan team that did have problems with Notre Dame’s rushing game.

Believe that this one will land under the total, but need both defenses to step up a little bit and prevent the big play. Both offenses will also have to take care of the football and keep from making turnovers, which is something they’ve both been guilty of at times. The Spartans have five turnovers in their two losses, while the Buckeyes made four against Iowa and had two in the loss to Oklahoma.

Both teams have defenses capable of making some stops, so will look to get enough in this one for it to land under the total.

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