Michigan vs. Rutgers - 10/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan vs. Rutgers - 10/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-4) at Michigan Wolverines (5-2)

College Football: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Michigan Stadium)

The Line: Michigan Wolverines -23 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in college football action at Michigan Stadium.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for a third straight victory to get back to a .500 record. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost eight of their last 10 road games. Kyle Bolin is completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 711 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Bolin and Giovanni Rescigno have combined for four touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Janarion Grant and Jerome Washington have combined for 330 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Damon Mitchell has nine receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 167.7 yards per contest, and Gus Edwards leads the way with 487 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 23.6 points and 384.1 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 60 tackles, Darnell Davis has two sacks and Kiy Hester has two interceptions. 

The Michigan Wolverines look to get back on track after losing two of their last three games. The Michigan Wolverines have won 10 of their last 11 home games. John O'Korn is completing 55.5 percent of his passes for 729 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. O'Korn has zero touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last three games. Grant Perry and Sean McKeon have combined for 462 receiving yards and one touchdown while Tarik Black has 11 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 173.2 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 446 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 18.6 points and 264.1 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 53 tackles, Chase Winovich has 5.5 sacks and Lavert Hill has two interceptions.

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The Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 20-7-1 in Wolverines last 28 games overall and the under is 7-3 in Scarlet Knights last 10 games overall.

Michigan still has issues scoring with O'Korn at quarterback and it's reason to consider backing the Scarlet Knights and the points here. However, even with back-to-back victories, Rutgers is still Rutgers, a team you can't trust due to its reputation and poor play over the years. Remember, Michigan beat Rutgers last year with a score of 78-0 and has outscored the Scarlet Knights 127-16 in the last two meetings. This is a game where the Wolverines defense should lead the way, giving the offense a short field and leaving Rutgers defense on the field far too long. Michigan should look like Michigan in this game, blowing out Rutgers for a third straight season.

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Randy’s Pick Michigan Wolverines -23

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

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