Michigan State Spartans Vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Picks, Lines, Odds,& Predictions
So far, it seems that Indiana (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS) has been the quickest to adapt to this shortened and weird 2020 Big Ten Season winning all three games, covering the spread in all of them. On the other hand, Michigan State (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) got off to a rockier start with two losses already and are already falling behind in the playoff race. The Spartans are 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games against their Saturday rival, but the Indiana Hoosiers won their last matchup in East Lansing.
Michigan State Spartans Vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Line Movement
The oddsmakers obviously like what their seeing from this Indiana team and the Hoosiers opened as the -9 favorites. But, after most of the early bettors jumped on Michigan State, the line has now shrunk to -7. The total hasn’t changed much all week and it stands at 51.5 or 52 depending on where you place your bets.
Notes On The Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana got out of the gates fast and has a perfect record so far, mostly thanks to their explosive offense. Through the first three games, they’ve scored 111 points, more than anyone in the conference except for Ohio State. Head coach Tom Allen has managed to build on the work of Kevin Wilson and slowly turn this team into an offensive juggernaut. Their game through the air has been on-point so far, led by QB Michael Penix Jr. who has 750 yards this season on 58.9 completion, throwing for 7 touchdowns and a single interception. He also managed to add 2 touchdowns on the ground.
However, their running game is an issue and the Hoosiers have been struggling to get going in this department. They have a measly 2.6 yards per carrying in this campaign and their leading rusher, Stevie Scott III has only 97 yards so far, although he did score a pair of touchdowns. Coach Allen got his job mainly due to his defensive credentials, and Indiana defense tends to show up when needed. They’ve been excellent in forcing turnovers, and have intercepted the ball 5 times so far.
Notes On The Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans have failed to perform at the expected level this season, with the win over their rivals Wolverines the lone bright spot of the season so far. Last week they were played off the field by Iowa in the 49-7 loss. QB Rocky Lombardy looked totally lost and completed just 17 of his 37 passes along with throwing for 3 interceptions taking his season tally to 5. He does have something to work with as WRs Jalen Nailor, Ricky White, and Jayden Reed have been great with almost 650 receiving yards among them. If Lombardi starts putting in more consistent performances, they can be an axis of a really fun and dynamic offense.
The Michigan State Spartans will have to count on their passing game improving since it’s obvious that their running game isn’t taking them anywhere. They’ve averaged only 2.2 yards per carry in the first three games. And Michigan State is not the kind of team that can rely on their defense to win games as they lack plenty of pieces on that side of the ball to be able to stop the opposing offenses consistently.
Michigan State Spartans Vs. Indiana Hoosiers Betting Pick: Under 52
With Michigan State Spartans and Indiana Hoosiers having serious issues with the running offense, expect them to go through the air most of the time. And pass rushers on both sides will have a much easier job if they know which element they can focus on. We expect both teams to be aggressive, but to little end product, so the UNDER seems like the most reasonable option.