The Michigan State Spartans aim for their sixth win in their last eight postseason games when they take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl on Friday. Kickoff from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is set for 3:20 p.m. ET. Michigan State (6-6) is looking to even its bowl record under coach Mark Dantonio at 6-6 after dropping a 7-6 decision to Oregon in last year's Redbox Bowl. The Spartans are 5-1 against the spread in their last six postseason appearances, while Wake Forest (8-4) is 9-4 in bowl games but has won its last three after posting a 37-34 victory over Memphis in the 2018 Birmingham Bowl.
The Spartans are four-point favorites, up a half-point from the opener, and the over-under for total points scored is 50 in the latest Michigan State vs. Wake Forest odds. Before finalizing your Wake Forest vs. Michigan State picks, make sure to see the college football predictions from SportsLine expert Emory Hunt.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana. He knows the game from both a playing and coaching perspective.
The football analyst has been SportsLine's No. 1 college football expert this season. Hunt is 97-58 on college football picks against the spread, returning a whopping profit of $3,396 to his followers. Moreover, he has had a strong feel for Michigan State, hitting on his last six picks involving the Spartans. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Hunt has locked in on Michigan State vs. Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl 2019 from every angle and released another confident against-the-spread pick. You can head to SportsLine to see it. Now, here are several college football betting lines and trends for Wake Forest vs. Michigan State:
- Michigan State vs. Wake Forest spread: Spartans -4
- Michigan State vs. Wake Forest over-under: 50 points
- Michigan State vs. Wake Forest money line: Spartans -185, Demon Deacons +159
- MSU: 3-9 against the spread
- WF: 0-4-1 against the spread away from home
Hunt knows that Lewerke came up with a solid performance in the Spartans' 19-16 win against Maryland on Nov. 30 despite finishing without a touchdown pass. The senior, who did run for a score, completed 30-of-41 attempts for a season-high 342 yards, the eighth 300-yard effort of his career. Lewerke is second in school history with 9,182 yards of total offense, 221 behind Connor Cook (2012-15).
Lewerke has made 695 career completions, leaving him 28 away from tying Kirk Cousins for first place on Michigan State's all-time list. He needs only 27 passing yards to reach 8,000 for his career. Redshirt freshman Elijah Collins led the Spartans with 892 rushing yards and has reached triple-digits in two of his last four contests.
Even though the Spartans can run the ball, they are no guarantee to cover the Michigan State vs. Wake Forest spread in the Pinstripe Bowl 2019.
That's because the Demon Deacons appear to have gotten back on track offensively, scoring at least 30 points in their last two games after totaling 20 in the previous two. Wake Forest ranks 12th in the nation in total offense with an average of 473.4 yards per contest. Its success against Michigan State could hinge of the availability of junior quarterback Jamie Newman, who will reportedly start.
Newman, who suffered an apparent leg injury in the loss to Syracuse, completed 62.3 percent of his pass attempts for 2,693 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. The 6-4 signal-caller also ran for 487 yards and led the Demon Deacons with six rushing scores. Cade Carney topped the squad with 556 yards on the ground, with Kenneth Walker III finishing with one less yard on 53 fewer carries.
We can tell you Hunt is leaning over, and he's also identified the critical x-factor that has him all over one side of the spread. He's only sharing it at SportsLine.
Who wins Michigan State vs. Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl 2019? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Wake Forest vs. Michigan State spread you should back, all from the expert who has hit six straight picks involving the Spartans, and find out.