Rutgers vs. Eastern Michigan - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers vs. Eastern Michigan - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles look for another victory after beating Charlotte, 24-7, in their season opener. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have won four of their last five road games. Brogan Roback is completing 71 percent of his passes for 267 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Roback has four touchdown passes in his last three games. Sergio Bailey II and Antoine Porter have combined for 152 receiving yards on eight catches while Johnnie Niupalau has three receptions. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ground game is averaging 126 yards per contest, and Shaq Vann leads the way with 90 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing seven points and 280 yards per game. Jeremiah Harris leads the Eastern Michigan Eagles with nine tackles, Kyle Rachwal has one sack and Brody Hoying has one interception.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a win after losing to Washington, 30-14, in their season opener. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost six straight home games. Kyle Bolin is completing 70.6 percent of his passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Bolin has four touchdown passes in his last 61 pass attempts. Damon Mitchell and Dacoven Bailey have combined for 88 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jerome Washington has six receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 131 yards per contest, and Gus Edwards leads the way with 79 yards on 24 carries. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 30 points and 368 yards per game. Deonte Roberts leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with eight tackles, Darnell Davis has one sack and Kiy Hester has two pass deflections.

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The Eagles are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Big Ten and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 non-conference games and the under is 9-2 in Eagles last 11 games overall.

Rutgers is due for a home victory after struggling last season, and you have to like what they showed last week against a really good Washington team. In fact, the Scarlet Knights had more first downs than the Huskies and allowed just 84 rushing yards. It was an overall solid performance from Rutgers despite the loss. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have been sharp against the number dating back to last season, but they'll have trouble in this one if Rutgers brings that same energy it brought last week. I like the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the reasonable line here.

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Randy’s Pick Rutgers Scarlet Knights -4

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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