Rutgers vs. Iowa - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium on ESPN2.
The Iowa Hawkeyes hope to rebound after a tough loss to North Dakota State when they take the road for the first time. C.J. Beathard is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 579 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Beathard has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last seven games. Matt VandeBerg and George Kittle have combined for 403 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Riley McCarron has six receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 148 yards per contest, and LeShun Daniels, Jr. leads the way with 224 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 15.7 points and 359.3 yards per game. Ben Niemann leads the Hawkeyes with 23 tackles, Anthony Nelson has 3.5 sacks and Brandon Snyder has one interception.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to win three straight games for the first time since the 2014 season. Chris Laviano is completing 51.7 percent of his passes for 457 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Laviano has eight touchdown passes in his last four games. Jawuan Harris and Janarion Grant have combined for 252 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Andre Patton has five receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 229.3 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 252 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 30 points and 365 yards per game. Julian Pinnix-Odrick leads the Scarlet Knights with 20 tackles, Kevin Wilkins has 1.5 sacks and K.J. Gray has one interception.
The Hawkeyes are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Rutgers hasn't beaten anybody worth mentioning, but Laviano has improved as a quarterback and Rutgers is moving the ball with some consistency. Rutgers has scored 31 or more points in four of its last five games. Also, Iowa has had trouble on the road in the past and doesn't have a lot of recent blowouts either. Iowa will likely grind out a victory, but Rutgers at home with two free touchdowns is a solid pick.