Indiana vs. Rutgers - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-6) at Indiana Hoosiers (4-6)
College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Bloomington)
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Indiana Hoosiers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a win after winning three of their last five games to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost eight of their last nine road games. Giovanni Rescigno is completing 47 percent of his passes for 450 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rescigno has one touchdown pass and one interception in his last three games. Jerome Washington and Janarion Grant have combined for 423 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Damon Mitchell has 10 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 166.4 yards per contest, and Gus Edwards leads the way with 673 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 25.9 points and 384.9 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 81 tackles, Kemoko Turay has 2.5 sacks and Kiy Hester has three interceptions.
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The Indiana Hoosiers look for back-to-back victories to also keep their bowl hopes alive. The Indiana Hoosiers have split their last eight home games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,252 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Ramsey and Richard Lagow have combined for 20 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions this season. Simmie Cobbs Jr. and Luke Timian have combined for 1,201 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Ian Thomas has 21 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 117 yards per contest, and Morgan Ellison leads the way with 539 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 27.3 points and 343.8 yards per game. Tegray Scales leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 80 tackles, Robert McCray III has 5.5 sacks and Jonathan Crawford has one interception.
The Scarlet Knights are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hoosiers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Hoosiers last 5 home games and the under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games in November.
This is a big game for both teams, as the winner will have a chance to clinch a bowl spot in the last week of the season, which is a huge accomplishment for either of these programs. As for who is going to win, Rutgers hasn't looked good on the road this season and when it's lost, it's lost quite ugly. Indiana has its quarterback under center in Lagow, giving a needed spark to the offense, and the Hoosiers defense has allowed 17 or less points in five of its last nine games. While Rutgers has been great against the number lately and is playing some of the best football we've seen from this program in years, Indiana is the more balanced football team and has the more realistic chance to go bowling. The Hoosiers will be up for this contest and win by double digits.