Rutgers vs. Indiana - 9/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Indiana Hoosiers (3-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +17 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Indiana Hoosiers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.
The Indiana Hoosiers look for their second road win of the season to keep pace in the competitive Big Ten East. The Indiana Hoosiers have lost four of their last six road games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 72.1 percent of his passes for 751 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Ramsey has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Whop Philyor and Donavan Hale have combined for 341 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Luke Timian has 13 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 183.5 yards per contest, and Stevie Scott leads the way with 406 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 22.3 points and 329.5 yards per game. Jonathan Crawford leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 24 tackles, Marcelino Ball has two sacks and Isaac James has one interception.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are getting desperate for a victory in order to snap a three-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have split their last eight home games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 48.8 percent of his passes for 329 yards, one touchdown and seven interceptions. Sitkowski and Giovanni Rescigno have combined for one touchdown pass and eight interceptions this season. Jerome Washington and Bo Melton have combined for 247 receiving yards on 20 receptions while Eddie Lewis has 10 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 138.2 yards per contest, and Raheem Blackshear leads the way with 264 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 39 points and 434.3 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 35 tackles, Elorm Lumor has two sacks and Blessuan Austin has one interception.
The Hoosiers are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 conference games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 home games and the under is 9-4 in Hoosiers last 13 road games.
The spreads are getting larger and larger for Rutgers, and for good reason, as the Scarlet Knights don't play a lick of defense and the quarterback play hasn't lived up expectations. The Indiana Hoosiers have been solid out of the gate and had their chances to beat Michigan State last week when forcing four turnovers. The Indiana Hoosiers have failed to cover five of their last eight games as a double-digit favorite. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have failed to cover seven of their last 11 games when a double-digit underdog. Regardless, it's gotten to the point where I just blindly fade Rutgers. We've seen nothing from this club that suggests a change is coming and each of their last nine losses have been decided by 10 or more points. I'll take Indiana in a blowout.