Michigan vs. Rutgers - 9/28/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan vs. Rutgers
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11:01 AM (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan -27.5 -- Over/Under:
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in college football action at Michigan Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights haven’t won a road game since October of 2017. McLane Carter is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Carter and Artur Sitkowski have combined for six interceptions this season. Raheem Blackshear and Bo Melton have combined for 441 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Washington has four receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 120 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 239 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 27 points and 392.7 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 33 tackles, Elorm Lumor has one sack and Avery Young has one interception.
The Michigan Wolverines need a win here to improve to a 3-1 record. The Michigan Wolverines haven’t won a home game since November of 2017. Shea Patterson is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 629 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Patterson has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Tarik Black and Ronnie Bell have combined for 241 receiving yards and one touchdown while Nico Collins has eight receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 127 yards per contest, and Zach Charbonnet leads the way with 196 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 25.7 points and 343.7 yards per game. Khaleke Hudson leads the Michigan Wolverines with 34 tackles, Jordan Glasgow has two sacks and Ambry Thomas has one interception.
The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wolverines are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 34-16-1 in Wolverines last 51 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games overall.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have covered six of their last eight games as a double-digit underdog. The Michigan Wolverines have failed to cover each of their last four games as a double-digit favorite. Rutgers has looked a little shaky as of late and is no stranger to throwing in a real stinker that can kill a spread. However, I'm not sure how anybody can watch Michigan and be eager to lay these big numbers. The Wolverines have a hard time getting up for games and the outside noise surrounding Jim Harbaugh is getting louder. If I was to bet this game, I'd side with Rutgers by default. I want nothing to do with the Michigan Wolverines.