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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today's Menu: Maryland Turtle Soup

#12 Michigan State Spartans (7-2, 4-1) at Maryland Terrapins (6-3, 3-2)
November 15, 2014.  8 pm ET.
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
Capacity: 51,802

Line:  Spartans by 12

Weather:  35, no wind.

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #12, Maryland #40

Predictions & Previews: 

Baltimore Sun: Zenitz, MSU 40-20; Stubs, MSU 35-24; Cavanagh, MSU 49-20
Det News: Charboneau, MSU 44-24, Changelis, MSU 31-10; Wojo, MSU 37-20; Niyo, MSU 31-21
LSJ:  Couch, MSU 38-20; Rexrode, MSU 38-20; Solari, MSU 41-10; Calloway, MSU 42-24
CFN/Scout: MSU, 37-17
Odd Shark:  MSU 38.9-26.1

ES sez:

This is kinda a yawner; mind you, Maryland will be fired up for this game, even though its best offensive threat is out for the season.  Ouch if you are a Terp.  The Big Green is coming to DC, and should put a pretty good pounding to the newbies on the block.  Watch for a few fake plays out of the Big Green - we're due for a fake kick... and plenty of reverses.  Statistically, this is a bad matchup:

Maryland Offense vs MSU Defense: Advantage MSU. 

Maryland Pass Offense 228.6 ypg (#69) vs MSU Pass Defense 196.9 ypg (#23) 
Maryland Rush Offense 125.9 ypg (#103) vs MSU Rush Defense 114.6 ypg (#13)  

MSU Offense vs Maryland Defense:  Advantage MSU.

MSU Rush Offense 246.3 ypg (#91) vs Maryland Rush Defense 193.4 ypg (#96)
MSU Pass Offense 271.2 ypg (#34) vs Maryland Pass Defense 238.3 ypg (#81)

Not much more to see or to say on this one.  Michigan State 42, Maryland 17.