200 DIME ELITE INSIDE INFO (HIGH ROLLERS ONLY)
TCU vs. Michigan State,
12/29/2012 22:15 EDT,
Score: 16 - 17
Point Spread: +2½/-115 Michigan State
This game features 7-5 TCU at 6-6 MSU. A field goal may not seem like much, but it's huge in this matchup of two outstanding defensive teams. This game is going to be decided by who runs the ball better and which qb makes the fewer mistakes. Michigan State has the best running back, Le'Veon Bell, plus is getting the points. The underdog is a combined 19-8 ATS in games this season involving Michigan State and TCU. Bell led the Big Ten in rushing at 137.3 yards per game. He had 11 rushing touchdowns. Michigan State's defense ranked fourth in yardage holding foes to 274.5 per game. The Spartans gave up only five touchdowns on the ground. Notre Dame is the only school to surrender less. Both teams had disappointing seasons. The Spartans defeated Boise State and won at Rose Bowl-bound Wisconsin, something they hadn't done in 11 years. However, the Spartans lost five conference games by an average of 2.6 points. The only team to beat Michigan State by more than four points was Notre Dame. TCU opened 4-0 behind quarterback Casey Pachall. Unfortunately, Pachall was arrested on suspicion of DWI and withdrew from school replaced by erratic Trevone Boykin. The Horned Frogs then lost four of their last six games. Boykin is more versatile than Spartans' quarterback Andrew Maxwell. Boykin, though, doesn't have Bell to rely on. The Horned Frogs average 3.9 yards per rush, which was the worst mark in the Big 12. Boykin has better big-play receivers than Maxwell, but the Spartans have a strong secondary spearheaded by All-Big Ten selections Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard. Maxwell will be able to pick his spots. Boykin will need to make plays against an elite defense. Note also that the Horned Frogs have failed to cover in their last four bowl games given all that i'll easily take the 2-3 points for 200 Dimes.