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Minnesota vs. Rutgers - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2)
Date & Time Saturday October 22, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -17 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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CFB | Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2)
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights would love a big road victory that would snap a terrible four-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost eight of their last 11 road games. Chris Laviano is completing 48.3 percent of his passes for 748 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Laviano has zero touchdown passes in his last three games. Janarion Grant and Jawuan Harris have combined for 418 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Andre Patton has 13 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 170.2 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 515 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 37.7 points and 434.1 yards per game. Deonte Roberts leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 52 tackles, Julian Pinnix-Odrick has 4.5 sacks and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for their second Big Ten victory of the season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won four of their last six home games. Conor Rhoda is completing 50 percent of his passes for 88 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Mitch Leidner is still questionable with a concussion after missing last week. Drew Wolitarsky and Brian Smith have combined for 645 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Nate Wozniak has eight receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 207.3 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 590 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 21.3 points and 354.2 yards per game. Jonathan Celestin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 43 tackles, Tai'yon Devers has three sacks and KiAnte Hardin has two interceptions.

The Scarlet Knights are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. The Golden Gophers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win. The under is 4-0 in Golden Gophers last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers aren't the most explosive offensive team in the world, so I'm always a little iffy on laying big numbers. However, Rutgers is just downright awful and hasn't looked like a team that belongs in the Big Ten. You can't back the Scarlet Knights in any situation given the way they've looked all season. So, while this game is probably a stay away from with better spots on the board, the Golden Gophers at home and the chalk has to be the pick by default. 

Pick:
Minnesota Golden Gophers -17

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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