Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-5) at Michigan Wolverines (6-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 7, 2015, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -21.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for their first win over a ranked team since the 2009 season. Chris Laviano is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,536 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Laviano has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Andre Patton and Leonte Carroo have combined for 854 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Carlton Agudosi has 15 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 172.7 yards per contest, and Josh Hicks leads the way with 511 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 34 points and 454.8 yards per game. Steve Longa leads the Scarlet Knights with 91 tackles, Anthony Cioffi has three interceptions and Kemoko Turay has two sacks. Davon Jacobs, Desmon Peoples and Leonte Carroo are questionable.
The Michigan Wolverines look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. Jake Rudock is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,443 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rudock has one touchdown pass in his last three games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 721 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has 20 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 174.6 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 451 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 11.4 points and 241.9 yards per game. Desmond Morgan leads the Wolverines with 49 tackles, Jeremy Clark has three interceptions and Willie Henry has six sacks. Brian Cole, De'Veon Smith and Drake Harris are questionable.
The Scarlet Knights are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in November and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wolverines are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win.
Rutgers is simply a bad football team on both ends of the field. The Scarlet Knights have been outscored 97-17 in their last two games. Michigan should have a field day in this matchup and win rather easily. I never enjoy laying big chalk, but if forced to pick this game, I'm siding with the Wolverines to win by three touchdowns.