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Big Ten Championship: Michigan vs Iowa, Preview, Line, Pick

Lucas Oil Stadium will play host to the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis between the No. 5 ranked Michigan State Spartans and the No. 3 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.

Line: Favorite: Michigan State -3.5, Over/Under: 51.5

On the season, Michigan State has an overall record of 11-1 straight up and 5-7 against the spread, while Iowa is 12-0 SU and 7-5 against the spread. The winner of this game will be almost assured of a spot in the final four of the College Football Playoff.

Iowa was undefeated during the regular season for the first time in 93 years. The only loss for Michigan State was an early season hiccup of 1-point to Nebraska. Iowa was not in the spotlight nationally until recently and comes into this matchup with nothing to lose.

Connor Cook the Michigan State senior quarterback has thrown for 2,730 yards with 24 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. His favorite target Aaron Burbridge has 75 receptions, 1,158 yards and 7 touchdowns. On defense, the Spartans are led by the 8.5 sacks of Shilique Calhoun at defensive end.

C.J. Beathard has thrown for 2.350 yards, 14 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions as the Iowa signal caller. Senior tailback Jordan Canzeri has rushed for 964 yards with 12 touchdowns.

The Hawkeyes defense is led by Desmond King a junior cornerback who is this season’s Big Ten No. 1 defensive back. He has 8 interceptions, which is tied for the lead in the country.

The Hawkeyes lead the overall series with the Spartans 23-20-2 but Michigan State defeated Iowa in the last game between the two 26-14.

The Spartans and Hawkeyes both are tied for the Big Ten lead in turnover margin at +14 and total takeaways with 25.

Cook only needs a pair of passes for touchdowns to break the school’s single season record of 25 set in 2011 by Kirk Cousins.

Latest Line: Michigan State vs Iowa

Favorite: Michigan State -3.5, Over/Under: 51.5

On the season, Michigan State has an overall record of 11-1 straight up and 5-7 against the spread, while Iowa is 12-0 SU and 7-5 against the spread. The winner of this game will be almost assured of a spot in the final four of the College Football Playoff.

The OVER has cashed in 5 of the past 6 games between the two played in Iowa. The visiting team has covered the number in 5 of the past 6 games between the two teams.

Michigan State is 3-9 against the number in its past 12 games against Iowa.

Lean: Michigan State has played a much stronger schedule than Iowa. Lean on the Spartans.

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