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CFB : ATS Matchup
Friday 8/31/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
UTAH ST
 
MICHIGAN ST
+23.5  

-23.5  


51.5
 
31
Final
38

UTAH ST (6 - 7) at MICHIGAN ST (10 - 3)
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Week 1 Friday, 8/31/2018 7:00 PM
Board OpenLatest
141UTAH ST50.552
142MICHIGAN ST-25-23.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
UTAH ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games6-7-1.46-79-430.218.2397.4(5.6)1.826.914.5399.6(5.2)2.2
Road Games3-4-0.33-45-230.317.7421.9(5.8)2.131.014.3406.1(5.2)2.6
Last 3 Games1-2-2.41-21-231.018.3479.0(6.9)1.321.310.0377.7(4.4)1.7
UTAH ST - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)30.218.219.126:3937-171(4.6)20-3358.4%226(6.8)71-397(5.6)(13.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.28.915.921.130:5941-186(4.5)18-3059.7%223(7.4)71-408(5.7)(14.1)
Offense Road Games30.317.719.126:5937-180(4.9)20-3558.1%241(6.9)72-422(5.8)(13.9)
Defense (All Games)26.914.521.233:2148-217(4.5)16-2955.6%182(6.3)77-400(5.2)(14.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.61420.130:6040-176(4.4)17-3058.0%217(7.2)70-392(5.6)(14.7)
Defense Road Games31.014.321.633:0152-266(5.1)14-2751.1%140(5.2)79-406(5.2)(13.1)

MICHIGAN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
All Games10-3+11.48-56-724.512.6383.1(5.1)1.520.09.2297.7(4.9)1.8
Home Games6-1+6.95-22-522.711.9393.9(5.3)1.616.07.9273.7(4.5)1.1
Last 3 Games3-0+32-12-133.017.0387.3(5.2)0.710.33.3204.0(4.2)2.0
Grass Games7-2+6.66-34-525.812.7415.2(5.5)1.618.77.6293.8(4.7)1.2
MICHIGAN ST - Current Season Statistics
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Offense (All Games)24.512.621.635:1942-168(4)19-3358.3%215(6.6)75-383(5.1)(15.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.812.318.930:2537-155(4.1)18-3156.7%206(6.6)69-361(5.3)(14.6)
Offense Home Games22.711.922.034:3141-169(4.1)19-3457.1%225(6.6)75-394(5.3)(17.3)
Defense (All Games)20.09.215.824:4128-95(3.4)19-3356.6%202(6.2)61-298(4.9)(14.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.29.215.119.930:3538-172(4.5)18-3158.7%212(6.8)70-385(5.5)(13.2)
Defense Home Games16.07.914.325:2930-90(3)16-3153.0%184(5.9)61-274(4.5)(17.1)
Average power rating of opponents played: UTAH ST 27.5,  MICHIGAN ST 40.3
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
UTAH ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
8/31/2018@ MICHIGAN ST            
9/8/2018NEW MEXICO ST            
9/13/2018TENNESSEE TECH            
9/22/2018AIR FORCE            

MICHIGAN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
8/31/2018UTAH ST            
9/8/2018@ ARIZONA ST            
9/22/2018@ INDIANA            
9/29/2018C MICHIGAN            
KEY GAME INFORMATION
UTAH ST: Quarterback Jordan Love showed promise after taking over the starting job midway through last season, and he'll be well-positioned to take big strides forward as a sophomore. The entire starting five along the offensive line returns, and WR Ron'quavion Tarver and TE Dax Raymond give him big targets to throw to. The real strength of this team is its defense, though, where nine starters are back from a unit that was solid in 2017, especially in the secondary.
MICHIGAN ST: This program has quietly been one of the best in the country since 2010, winning 10 or more games in six of the past eight seasons. This year, quarterback Brian Lewerke is back under center for the Spartans. Lewerke is a solid passer from the pocket, but he also has the speed to make plays with his legs. That keeps defenses off balance, and it also creates more room for running back LJ Scott to work with. It's highly likely that Scott turns in a career year for Michigan State, which returns nine total starters on offense. As for the Spartans defense, this should be an elite run-stuffing group up front. But if MSU is going to contend for the conference title, then it will need to do a better job of getting after the quarterback.
PREVIEW
No. 11 Michigan State takes lofty aspirations into opener vs. Utah State
 

Never underestimate coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State football program.

That message was delivered loud and clear last season. Aftera 3-9 campaign in 2016 and a tumultuous offseason, the Spartans were lightly regarding heading into last season. There was even talk that Dantonio might be on the hot seat.

All the Spartans did was finish 10-3, including victories over rival Michigan and Penn State, capped with a 42-17 thumping of Washington State in the Holiday Bowl.

With a return to prominence, the Spartans begin their 2018 season with lofty expectations. They open the season against Utah State at home on Friday with the No. 11 ranking and Big Ten championship aspirations. The two programs will be squaring off for the first time.

Dantonio's teams have traditionally been built around defense, but the Spartans should also be dynamic on offense. They have one of the conference's, if not the nation's, top quarterbacks in Brian Lewerke and a premier running back in LJ Scott.

Lewerke, a junior, threw for 20 touchdowns last season and completed 59 percent of his passes while getting picked off just seven times. He was also second on the team with 559 rushing yards and five more touchdowns.

Scott gained 898 yards on 201 carries (4.5 average) and scored eight touchdowns.

"I feel like we're a good enough offense to put a lot of points up, hopefully," Lewerke told the Detroit Free Press. "I know the offense like the back of my hand now. I can focus a lot more on what the defense is giving me. I trust all my guys to run all the right stuff.

"I can just be more calm and not think, 'Ah, man, I forgot what this guy is running, I've got to figure it out as he's running it.' It's more just be calm and have fun."

Overall, the Spartans return 19 position starters, tied for most in the nation, and 48 letterwinners.

That includes the team's top four tacklers, led by junior linebacker Joe Bachie, who racked up 100 last season along with 3 1/2 sacks and three interceptions.

Safety Khari Willis, a tri-captain along with Bachie and Lewerke, spearheads the secondary. The Spartans ranked second in rushing defense nationally and could be just as stingy this season with nine returning starters.

"We had a good camp," Bachie told the Detroit News. "Guys got through it healthy so that's a great thing. We have a bunch of smart players on defense, which helps a defense. Talking and being confident, that makes a good defense."

The Aggies hope to put up more resistance against a Big Ten team than they did last season, when they opened with a 59-10 loss at Wisconsin. They are 1-14 all time against Big Ten opponents.

Utah State finished at 6-7 after losing to New Mexico State 26-20 in the Arizona Bowl.

Experience will also be an asset for the Aggies this season. They have 18 starters back, nine on each side of the ball.

Sophomore quarterback Jordan Love appeared in 12 games as a redshirt freshman and started the last six. He completed 54.9 percent of his passes, including eight touchdowns, while getting picked off six times. His top target, senior Ron'quavion Tarver, hauled in seven touchdowns a year ago.

"He is going to be a better quarterback and the better people will play around him," coach Matt Wells said. "We've added some better wideouts around him. There is more talent and he has got an experienced offensive line, and that always gives a quarterback a sense of comfort and peace a little bit."

Senior linebacker Suli Tamaivena (team-high 111 tackles) tops a defensive unit that has eight of its top nine tacklers back.

"We're deeper in the front seven than we've been, even though we kind of leave camp right now a little banged up at linebacker," Wells said. "I think they're playing fast and with a lot of confidence right now."

Utah State will be playing in the state of Michigan for just the second time. Its last visit was in 1961 when it defeated Western Michigan 65-22 in Kalamazoo.


Last Updated: 12/13/2018 9:57:09 PM EST


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