Miami has the national ranking and is playing at home, but Michigan State has looked good through two weeks, making this an interesting matchup.
The Hurricanes got throttled by Alabama in Week 1 and looked flat against Appalachian State, trailing at halftime before escaping the Mountaineers on a late field goal. Miami has given up an average of 414.5 yards over two games. Still, oddsmakers really like Miami at home.
The Spartans have been quite literally running over opponents to start the season. MSU gashed Northwestern for 326 rushing yards at 8.8 yards per carry and followed that up with a 232-yard showing against Youngstown State. Kenneth Walker was the star in Week 1 with 264 yards and four touchdowns before Jordon Simmons topped 100 yards last week. The Spartans have only held the ball for just over 49 minutes in two games, but they’re running wild when they have possession.
Additionally, Mel Tucker’s team has been fairly decent against the run, giving up 142 rushing yards per game while Miami’s ground game has struggled.
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