Arizona State (@6.0) vs Michigan State (@1.13)

Our Prediction:

Michigan State will win

Arizona State – Michigan State Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 16:00

Lewerke is still developing chemistry with his tight ends and secondary receivers, but starters Felton Davis III, Darrell Stewart Jr. Davidson each had two of thosesacks, while mammoth defensive end Shannon Forman returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. When MSU has the ball: The Spartans without starting left tackle Cole Chewins struggled to block between-the-tackle run plays and had major pass-protection issues on the edge of the line and in the backfield during the first half against Utah State. Defensive end Darius Slade, an Ohio State transfer, and defensive tackle D.J. Connor Heyward emerged as a speedy, powerful option at running back with two TDs, and LJ Scott looked impressive catching the ball on screens. Arizona State allowed just 2 rushing yards and had nine sacks in a 49-7 blowout of Texas-San Antonio. However, when QB Brian Lewerke went with option runs or sideline pass plays, MSU moved the ball in big chunks and blocked better. and Cody White picked up where they left off last season by combining for 194 of MSUs 287 receiving yards and 15 of the Spartans 23 catches.

But MSUs offense isnt bad, either, and expect the Spartans to run the ball better than in week one. Matt Charboneau: Theres a lot of reasons to think Michigan State will have a hard time when it heads West to take on Arizona State, the time change and temperatures near 100 degrees among them. But the Sun Devils have an explosive offense that has the Spartans attention, as well.

Tierney also knows that Sacramento State has had success against FBS foes. Last season, the Hornets lost by just 14 to San Diego State. On the other hand, Arizona State faces a ranked Michigan State team eight days after playing the Hornets and could be looking ahead. He also knows that this will be the biggest game on Sacramento State's schedule all year.

Meanwhile, the Spartans have racked up nine sacks through their first two outings. Michigan State struggled to get pressure on Devils QB Manny Wilkins in that game, but Wilkins is now with the NFLs Green Bay Packers and the banged-up Arizona State offensive line has allowed six sacks through two games this year. Beyond providing motivation for the Spartans, however, last years meeting may not have much carryover into this one.

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Pac-12 schools usually get handled along the offensive and defensive lines when playing schools from the Big Ten and SEC. I'll eat the chalk here. The Arizona State Sun Devils have covered six straight and 13 of their last 18 games when a double-digit underdog.The Michigan State Spartans have failed to cover 12 of their last 18 games as a double-digit favorite.Arizona State didn't look good last week against Sacramento State, barely winning the game as massive favorites, and the Hornets actually had one more first down than the Sun Devils.The Michigan State Spartans aren't the blowout type, but they did handle a decent Western Michigan squad, and they have a big size advantage in the trenches in this contest.

Itll be a back-and-forth battle and one thatll have fans on the edge of their seats for 60 minutes, but a late interception by David Dowell will end the game. No one likes to watch their team hit the road for some Pac-12 After Dark action, especially since the Big Ten is 0-9 in Tempe all time, but Michigan State is going to flex some muscle late and hold on for a tough late-night win. If your heart is still racing from the win over Utah State, Id suggest taking this week off.

Last season was his best at 59-46. No one knows football like Tierney. Over the last two seasons, he has gone 96-79 on his college football against the spread picks. The veteran sportswriter, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, has covered college football of all levels for decades. And that expertise has been evident since he joined SportsLine in 2017. In addition, he is a West Coast-based expert who's very familiar with these programs.

The defense has been a different story through two games for the Sun Devils, who allowed just seven points in each of them. Itll be interesting to see if they can continue that success in their first road game of the year, particularly with a young roster that has seen nearly 30 freshmen get their first taste of college football so far.

Perhaps the Sun Devils offense was looking ahead to this visit to Michigan State, but head coach Herm Edwards was not impressed at all. The Sun Devils had to work a lot harder than expected last week, clinging to a 12-7 lead over Sacramento State with five minutes left in regulation before hitting a long screen pass for the game-clinching touchdown. Arizona State was outgained 131-78 in the first half by its FCS opponent and routinely shot itself in the foot with penalties and mental mistakes, failing to score a touchdown on any of its five trips into the red zone. We cant play offense on our heels, Edwards told reporters.


I think Manny Wilkins will have another big game and NKealHarry will follow up his dominant performance with more of the same, but Im just not sold on this ASU defense yet. There are factors in play that favor the Sun Devils (i.e.

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