Rose Bowl - Stanford Cardinal vs Michigan State Spartans 1/1/14 - Free Picks, Odds, & Predictions
CFB: 5:00 PM EST January 1, 2014 TV: ESPN
The Rose Bowl has been a bowl game favorite for decades, with the annual parade associated with the event regularly televised on national television before the big game. The 2014 match involves the PAC 12's Stanford Cardinals against the Big Ten's Michigan State Spartans. Name sponsor will be the Vizio for 4th straight year as the Rose Bowl Stadium located in Passadena, CA hosts the 100th Rose Bowl.
The Stanford Cardinals return to the Rose Bowl game for 2nd straight season as they try to defend their 2013 win (20-14 over Wisconsin). That said, Michigan State isn't going to roll over on command. The Spartans went through their season with a 12-1 record including winning the Big Ten Championship game last time out. The Cardinals themselves closed the football season with an 11-2 record including winning PAC12 Championship Game.
Both Stanford and Michigan State have similar make-ups, physical running games on offense and elite level defenses. Slight advantage to Stanfor on offense and defense as they faced much tougher schedule in 2013.
Recent Betting Trends:
Under is 7-0 in Cardinal last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
Under is 7-1-1 in Spartans last 9 non-conference games.
Free Betting Pick: Michigan State Spartans +5.5
These two will feel like they are looking in the mirror as run first physical defenses face-off in best bowl game of the year. Spartans have been given little credit this season and this spread is just another example of this. Can't see laying more than a field goal as this knock down drag out game comes down to last team with the ball, Spartans pull off out right win with last second field goal. Final Score Prediction, Michigan State wins outright as underdog 24-23.