Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-7) at Army Black Knights (2-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 21, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Army Black Knights +4.5 -- Over/Under:
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Army Black Knights square off Saturday at Michie Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could use a nice win here after losing five of their last six games. Chris Laviano is completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Laviano has zero touchdown passes in his last four games. Leonte Carroo and Andre Patton have combined for 972 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Carlton Agudosi has 15 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 159.9 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 622 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 35.2 points and 448.7 yards per game. Steve Longa leads the Scarlet Knights with 111 tackles, Anthony Cioffi has four interceptions and Kemoko Turay has two sacks. Austin Rosa, Charles Snorweah and Davon Jacobs are questionable.
The Army Black Knights also look for a nice win after losing five of their last six games. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 47.9 percent of his passes for 429 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Bradshaw has 20 combined pass attempts in his last three games. Edgar Poe and John Trainor have combined for 378 receiving yards and five touchdowns while DeAndre Bell has five receptions. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 253.3 yards per contest, and Bradshaw leads the way with 468 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 28.2 points and 383.6 yards per game. Andrew King leads the Black Knights with 80 tackles, Brandon Jackson has three interceptions and John Voit has two sacks. Jordan Asberry is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Scarlet Knights are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Black Knights are 3-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Army and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings overall.
Are we really laying chalk with Rutgers on the road? The Scarlet Knights struggle defensively, and I don't see that changing against an option offense where you have to be disciplined. Army has had a lot of tough breaks this season, which includes a three-point loss to Tulane, three-point loss to Wake Forest and a six-point loss to Penn State.
I think Army can win this game outright, but I'l gladly take the points just to be safe.