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

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Michigan State will win

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

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.

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If that group finds its way this week and does push around ASU the Spartans offense could blow this open. Arizona State writer Doug Haller said somethingI didnt expect about where he thought MSU would have an advantage: I would be surprised if Michigan State didnt just run the ball right at them. After last week, Im not convinced itll be such a problem for the Sun Devils, who allowed 2yards rushingto Texas-San Antonio. But if the power run game winds up being the Spartans greatest advantage, they might not have much of an advantage at all. Brian Lewerke and his receivers might be an overwhelming force if MSU also has the Sun Devils on their heals at the line of scrimmage. Thats abig if. Thats going to be a problem for Arizona State, he said. Last weeks push by MSUs offensive line was uninspiring and should be concerning. True, it is a front seven without a ton of starting experience, with freshmen at two of the linebacker spots (in a 3-4 defense) and sophomores in the secondary.

MSU:Out: CB Josiah Scott (left leg); DE Dillon Alexander (right leg); CB Tyson Smith (illness); Questionable:LT Cole Chewins (undisclosed injury); DE Jacub Panasiuk (left arm); DT Gerald Owens (undisclosed); DE Mufi Hill-Hunt (knee), TE Noah Davis (undisclosed); TE Trenton Gillison (undisclosed); LB Ed Warriner (undisclosed); LB Chase Kline (undisclosed); OL James Ohonba (undisclosed); OL Dimitri Douglas (undisclosed injury); RB Alante Thomas (undisclosed injury); FB Reid Burton (undisclosed injury); Probable: WR Felton Davis III (left shoulder).

The Big Tens history at Arizona State just as bad. I still like the Spartans to win. But every factor since has made me think twice. Theyrethe moreseasoned club and showed poise at key positions late last week. Before last week, I thought Michigan State might roll through the Sun Devils. This Arizona State team reminds me a little of the 1995 Spartans, Nick Sabans first group, in that it has NFL playmakers, but is flawed in critical places. Just dont bet on it. Those are dangerous teams. Perhaps Im overanalyzing check that, I know Im overanalyzing but Arizona State looked impressive last week and MSU didnt. MSUs history Out West is abysmal.

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Darrell Stewart Jr. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 13 tackles, Kenny Willekes has 3.5 sacks and Antjuan Simmons has one interception. Brian Lewerke is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 506 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 179.5 yards per contest, and Elijah Collins leads the way with 209 yards on 25 carries. and Cody White have combined for 322 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Matt Dotson has five receptions. Lewerke has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last six games. The Michigan State Spartans also look for a 3-0 record with their third straight home victory. The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last nine home games. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 12 points and 216 yards per game.

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.

Edwards views himself more as a CEO and brings an NFL structure to the Sun Devils program. He was 56-78 in eight seasons with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs and had not coached since 2008 until Saturdays opening win. Playing to win the game: Edwards had plenty of NFL experience but never had been a college head coach until Arizona State hired him away from an ESPN analyst job in December.

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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.