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Bettors backing Spartans to cover big spread at Penn State

November 20, 2008

The 15th-ranked Michigan State Spartans visit the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions in NCAA Football action on Saturday (3:30 pm ET, ABC).

Penn State has been the dominant team over the past 10 meetings, going 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS. But the Nittany Lions lost the last time the teams squared off, 35-31 as 3-point road favorites on Nov. 17 last season.

Penn State is a 15.5-point favorite at Sportsbooks but NCAA bettors are backing the Spartans to cover the big spread. Almost 64 per cent of bets placed on the game are on Michigan State, and 67 per cent of over/under wagers are on the Over.

Javon Ringer had two touchdowns for Michigan State in a 27-7 win over Purdue in Week 11. The Spartans covered the 10-point spread, while the score fell under the total of 53.5.

Derrick Williams ran for one TD and caught another as Penn State beat Indiana 34-7 in Week 12. The Lions did not cover the 35.5-point spread, while the score went under the total of 56.

Michigan State is 9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS and has won three straight. Penn State is 10-1 SU and 6-3-1 ATS.

The total has gone over in six of the past eight meetings. Penn State is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings at Penn State.

NCAA College Football Picks: Michigan State at California

August 27, 2008

In what might be the best matchup of Week 1 of the 2008 NCAA College Football season, the California Golden Bears host the Michigan State Spartans in a clash of Big Ten and Pac-10 conference teams on Saturday.

California is a 4½-point favorite at, a London, England-based and publicly-traded online sportsbook.

This is just the fourth time these teams have met – and the first two were in 1957 and ’58. Michigan State won the first two matchups back in the ‘50s, while the Golden Bears won 46-22 win in the most recent meeting in 2002.

The Spartans are coming off their first winning season since 2003, when they went 8-5 SU. But they lost in the postseason last year, falling 24-21 to the Boston College Eagles in the Champs Sports Bowl.

California posted its sixth-straight winning season last year, finishing 7-6 SU. Coach Jeff Tedford’s team won its third-consecutive bowl, beating Air Force 42-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl. California is an impressive 69-39-4 in season-opening matchups, including 4-2 in the past six seasons.

The Spartans will welcome back RB Javon Ringer this season but will miss RB Jehuu Caulcrick, who finished last year with 872 yards and 21 touchdowns. Brian Hoyer returns at QB.

California will rely heavily this season on a defense that returns eight players. The strength of Cal’s defense will be at linebacker, as three starters are back. Anthony Felder and Worrell Williams both collected over 100 tackles last season, while Zack Follett finished with 5.5 sacks.

Public Betting information shows California is getting 55 per cent of the wagers on this game.

Pick: California

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