Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Michigan Wolverines CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/4/14
Michigan Wolverines (2-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines go on the road to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Michigan Wolverines have lost three of their last four games and head coach Brady Hoke is a hiccup or two from losing his job. The main issue with the Wolverines is their offense that has produced just 28 points in their last two games and a passing offense that has five touchdowns and nine interceptions. With Shane Morris suffering a head injury last week, Devin Gardner will likely be the starter for Michigan in this game, which isn’t great news considering he’s thrown 16 interceptions dating back to last season. I’m shocked the Wolverines aren’t committed to the running game more, as Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith have combined for more than 600 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Tight end Devin Funchess is questionable with a leg injury. Regardless, the Wolverines aren’t going to turn things around until they get more consistent play out of the quarterback position. Defensively, the Michigan Wolverines are allowing 283.4 yards per game and have forced two turnovers and 10 sacks. Jake Ryan leads Michigan with 18 solo tackles and Frank Clark has 5.5 tackles for loss.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are off to a solid start this season and can make things even better by picking up their first Big Ten win. With running back Paul James out for the season, it’s really been the Leonte Carroo show for Rutgers offensively, as the junior receiver has 25 receptions for 475 yards and five touchdowns. Janarion Grant is the only other Rutgers player with double-digit receptions, as the Scarlet Knights have 16 passing plays that have produced more than 25 yards. Gary Nova is completing 64 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and the Scarlet Knights are 11-5 SU when he throws two or more touchdowns in his career. Justin Goodwin has rushed for 186 yards in his last two games. Defensively, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 408.8 yards per game and have forced six turnovers and 21 sacks. Steve Longa leads Rutgers with 37 tackles and Kemoko Turay has five sacks.
The Wolverines are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Michigan Wolverines have been a miss out of the gate and have shown no signs of turning things around. It's likely only a matter of time before Hoke is fired. Meanwhile, Rutgers is playing well and sees this as a chance to make a statement to the rest of the Big Ten. Look for the Scarlet Knights to get the job done here and improve to 5-1 on the season.