Rutgers at Washington - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-8) at Washington Huskies (7-6)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Husky Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies -27 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Washington Huskies open the season Saturday at Husky Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights hope that new head coach Chris Ash can turn things around. Chris Laviano returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,200 yards and 16 touchdowns. Andre Patton and Janarion Grant return at wide receiver after combining for more than 700 yards and two touchdowns while Carlton Agudosi had 17 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game averaged 169 yards per contest last season and Robert Martin returns after racking up 763 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers allowed 34.9 points and 462 yards per game. Isaiah Wharton returns after 57 tackles, Quanzell Lambert had 2.5 sacks and Anthony Cioffi had four interceptions.
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The Washington Huskies hope for a better season in the third year under coach Chris Petersen. Jake Browning returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,900 yards and 16 touchdowns. Dante Pettis and Brayden Lenius return at wide receiver after combining for more than 700 yards and four touchdowns while Darrell Daniels had 19 receptions. The Washington Huskies ground game averaged 163 yards per contest last season and Myles Gaskin returns after racking up 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Washington allowed 18.8 points and 351 yards per game. Azeem Victor returns after 95 tackles, Elijah Qualls had 4.5 sacks and Sidney Jones had four interceptions.
The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pac-12 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
Washington is a loaded football team that is a legit Pac-12 contender this season. Rutgers was god awful last season on both sides of the ball and has a new coach. Add the fact winning in Washington is never easy even for talented clubs. You guys know how I feel about big chalk, but this may be one of those spots where you lay it.
Give me the Huskies by four touchdowns.