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College Football Predictions: Michigan State vs. Washington State 12/28/17

Michigan State

Will Michigan State knock off Washington State Thursday night when the teams meet in the Holiday Bowl? Kickoff is set for 9:00 p.m. ET.

The Odds: Michigan State vs. Washington State, 9:00 p.m. ET, Thursday

According to oddsmakers, the Spartans are 2-point favorites for tonight’s game. They opened as 4.5-point underdogs but the number jumped the fence. Meanwhile, the total hit the board at 44.5 but has jumped to 47.5.

Washington State enters play with a 9-3 record and a 7-5 mark against the spread. Michigan State, meanwhile, is 9-3 overall and 7-5 at the betting window in 2017.

Washington State Injury Report

Robert Bowers (personal) is out for the year and so is defensive end Mufi Hunt (knee). Weston Bridges (undisclosed), meanwhile, is probable, as is AJ Arcuri (undisclosed).

Michigan State Injury Report

Luke Falk is likely to play tonight despite dealing with a wrist injury. Tavares Martin Jr. (personal) is out and so is Isaiah Johnson-Mack (personal). Hercules Mata’afa (suspension) is doubtful while running back Gerald Wicks (leg) is questionable.

Our Prediction

The Spartans have been a great bet in bowl games, covering in their last four bowl appearances. They’re also 4-1 against the spread in their last six games played in the month of December. They’re 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games. Finally, they’re 5-1-1 at the betting window in their last seven games coming off a win of more than 20 points.

Washington State put together an excellent season on defense but Michigan State still has the edge in that department. The Spartans are ninth in the nation in total offensive yards allowed per game with 298. They’re surrendering just 101.3 yards per game on the ground.

This is a contrast in styles, too. The Cougars want to throw consistently while the Spartans want to win with defense and a sound rushing attack. If Falk and Co. are left on the sidelines too long, I could see mistakes happen. In what should be a close game throughout, I like MSU to pull through.

2017 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: Michigan State Spartans -2

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