Texas Tech is an 8-point favorite in college football betting with a total of 60.5. Valero Alamo Bowl betting could turn into a rout if Michigan State is not able to slow down Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have the second best passing offense in the country. They ranked ninth this season in scoring offense at 36.7 points per game. "Very exciting offense, they bring a lot to the table in that regard," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.
Michigan State has not done well against the pass this season, ranking 103rd in the nation. The Spartans were not very good on defense this season and they don’t figure to get any better since 11 players were suspended for this game including top cornerback Chris Rucker. "My heart breaks for those guys," quarterback Kirk Cousins said. "The fact that they're not there with us for this bowl game - it will hurt.” Michigan State’s defense was bad against the pass but the Spartans do have the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker Greg Jones who was third in the country with 141 tackles. He also had nine sacks this season.
The Spartans are going to have to score in this game to have any chance in Valero Alamo Bowl betting but their passing game has been hurt by the suspensions as well since two of their receivers are out. Michigan State averaged 29.6 points per game this season so they can score. They will need a big Valero Alamo Bowl betting performance out of wide receiver Blair White.
Texas Tech is led by quarterback Taylor Potts who led the Big 12 with 306.8 yards passing per game. Valero Alamo Bowl betting has the defense being led by Brandon Sharpe, who had a school-record 15 sacks.
Valero Alamo Bowl betting indicates that the Spartans are 1-4-1 vs. the college football betting odds in their last 6 games overall and they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Big 12. Michigan State is also a poor college football betting underdog, going 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
Valero Alamo Bowl betting has Texas Tech at 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games. They are 0-4 in college football betting in their last 4 vs. the Big Ten.