December 30, 2013

Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State Preview and Pick

The Rose Bowl always features two of the best teams in the country and this year is no different as the Stanford Cardinal and the Michigan State Spartans take to the field in hope to win one of the biggest bowl games on the schedule for every year. Both teams have a dominating presence and have emerged as contenders for the national title. Although both teams fell short this season, they will be more than happy to lay it all on the line in hopes of winning the Rose Bowl.

Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State Preview

The college football bowl odds for this game opened up with the Cardinal listed as a (-3) point favorite. That betting line has drastically moved as it went to (-5.5) at some of the most reputable online sportsbooks. The line move was not due to public betting as all of the sports betting consensus sites show limited if any action on one team. At last check just 51 percent of the betting is on Stanford which is not enough to move the point spread.

Stanford is very familiar with this game as they will be playing in a BCS bowl for the fourth straight season and making its 14th Rose Bowl appearance. Stanford is led by a stout defense with outside linebacker Trent Murphy (nation-leading 14 sacks) and inside linebacker Shayne Skov (100 tackles, 10 for losses). Stanford also boasts strong performers in the secondary in safeties Ed Reynolds (77 tackles) and Jordan Richards (three interceptions). The Cardinal also is supported by college football betting trends in this big game. The Cardinal is 21-8 against the spread (ATS) in their last 29 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game, 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and 26-9-1 ATS in their last 36 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.

The Spartans also have a team with plenty of talent. The Spartans allow 12.7 points per game – fourth-best nationally – and Darqueze Dennard has plenty of company when it comes to standout defenders. The Spartans are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game but they are also 7-24 ATS in their last 31 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.

Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State Pick

These are two great teams looking to win the Rose Bowl and build for a bright future. The Spartans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 against the Pac-12 and that trend will continue as the Spartans lose badly to Stanford.

Stanford -5.5