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Bet on NCAAFThe No. 24 ranked Boise State Broncos travel to Michigan State to take on the No. 13 Spartans on Friday in one of the top non-conference games of the weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 ET in Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. You can watch all the action on ESPN.
Both of these teams are coming off of impressive 2011 seasons, racking up a combined 23 victories and winning bowl games. However, both of the teams have also lost their star quarterbacks, with Michigan losing Kirk Cousins, an efficient leader, and Boise State losing Kellen Moore.
Moore had been especially effective behind center, leading the Broncos to a 53-4 record over the past four years. Their only losses were by 1, 3, and 1 point over that time. Moore threw 117 touchdowns to 18 interceptions in the previous three years as QB.
This is the first time ever that these two teams have met. Michigan State enters the game on a 9-2 run ATS, and have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. They are also 4-1 ATS in home openers.
The Broncos are 3-8 ATS coming into this game, but have put up an impressive 15-4 record ATS when facing opponents outside of their conference. As an underdog, they are 6-1 ATS coming into their opener on Friday. Strangely enough, however, the Broncos have covered the spread 20 out of the last 24 games as the visitor.
Obviously, the biggest change for these two teams will be in adjusting to new starting quarterbacks, but both will be fielding a relatively new set of starters. Boise State returns only 5 of their offensive starters and 3 of their defensive starters from the 2011 season. Michigan State welcomes back 5 on offense, as well as 8 defensive players.
Michigan State is a 6 ½ point home favorite from the Bet Royal sportsbook NCAA football odds. The over/under is set at 46 points.