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The Michigan State Spartans (2-2) are in action on Saturday at 7:30 PM ET at Kinnick Stadium versus the Iowa Hawkeyes (3-1).
The Spartans are expected to lose by at least two scores (currently +12.5) against the Hawkeyes (with an over/under of 36.5 points).
Game Info for Iowa vs. Michigan State
- Game Day: Saturday, September 30, 2023
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBC
- Location: Iowa City, Iowa
- Stadium: Kinnick Stadium
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Iowa Pick Insights
- Iowa is 2-2-0 against the spread this season.
- Iowa has a 1-1 record against the spread when favored by 12.5 points or more this season.
- One of Iowa’s four games with a set total has hit the over (25%).
Iowa Stats & Insights
- Iowa has been a bottom-25 offense this season, ranking fourth-worst with 245.5 yards per contest. The defense is ranked 36th in the FBS (313.8 yards allowed per game).
- From an offensive standpoint, Iowa ranks 106th in the FBS with 21.3 points per game. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 26th in points allowed (313.8 points allowed per contest).
- While Iowa ranks eighth-worst in the FBS in passing offense with 127 passing yards per game, it’s been a different situation with the defense, which ranks 24th-best (180 passing yards per game allowed).
- Iowa is compiling 118.5 rushing yards per game on offense (105th in the FBS), and ranks 72nd on defense with 133.8 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Iowa has been a bottom-25 offense on third down this season, ranking 11th-worst with a 30.8% third-down conversion rate. On defense, the Hawkeyes rank 52nd in the FBS (36.6% third-down conversion rate allowed).
- With three forced turnovers (110th in the FBS) against seven turnovers committed (88th in the FBS), Iowa’s -4 turnover margin is the 22nd-worst in college football.
Iowa’s Best Players
- Cade McNamara has compiled 459 yards (114.8 ypg) on 43-of-85 passing with four touchdowns compared to three interceptions this season.
- Leshon Williams has racked up 173 yards on 25 carries.
- This season, Jaziun Patterson has carried the ball 21 times for 104 yards (26 per game) and one touchdown.
- Luke Lachey’s leads his squad with 131 yards as a receiver. He’s racked up that yardage on 10 catches (out of 17 targets).
- Erick All has put together a 116-yard season so far with one touchdown, reeling in 10 passes on 15 targets.
- Seth Anderson’s four catches are good enough for 68 yards and one touchdown.
- Deontae Craig leads the team with one sack, and also has two TFL and 11 tackles.
- Jay Higgins, Iowa’s leading tackler, has 41 tackles this year.
- Xavier Nwankpa has picked off a team-leading one pass. He also has 10 tackles and one pass defended to his name.
Michigan State Betting Insights
- Michigan State is 2-2-0 against the spread this season.
- Michigan State has not yet covered the spread as underdogs of 12.5 points or more this season (0-1).
- One of Michigan State’s four games with a set total has hit the over (25%).
Michigan State Pick Insights
- Michigan State is putting up 377 total yards per contest on offense this season (81st-ranked). Meanwhile, it is giving up 371.8 total yards per game (76th-ranked).
- Michigan State is accumulating 23 points per contest on offense this season (93rd-ranked). Meanwhile, it is allowing 23.3 points per contest (64th-ranked) on defense.
- With 266 passing yards per game on offense, Michigan State ranks 44th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 92nd, allowing 243.3 passing yards per game.
- Michigan State ranks 22nd-worst in rushing yards per game (111), but it has been more productive on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 63rd in the FBS with 128.5 rushing yards surrendered per contest.
- Michigan State’s third-down defense has been paving the way for the team, as it ranks fifth-best in the FBS with a 24.5% third-down conversion percentage allowed. In terms of offense, it is putting up a 41.2% third-down rate, which ranks 65th.
- Michigan State has struggled in terms of turnovers, as its turnover margin of -4 is 22nd-worst in the FBS.
Michigan State’s Best Players
- Noah Kim leads Michigan State with 897 yards on 66-of-117 passing with six touchdowns compared to three interceptions this season.
- Nathan Carter has rushed for 369 yards on 73 carries so far this year while scoring four times on the ground.
- Jalen Berger has piled up 10 carries and totaled 31 yards with one touchdown.
- Jaron Glover’s 203 receiving yards (50.8 yards per game) lead the team. He has nine receptions on 17 targets.
- Christian Fitzpatrick has put together a 166-yard season so far. He’s caught seven passes on 11 targets.
- Tre Mosley’s 23 targets have resulted in 13 grabs for 157 yards and one touchdown.
- Aaron Brule has two sacks to pace the team, and also has two TFL and 17 tackles.
- Dillon Tatum, Michigan State’s tackle leader, has 27 tackles this year.
- Angelo Grose has a team-high one interception to go along with 21 tackles, one TFL, 0.5 sacks, and one pass defended.