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Rutgers vs. Buffalo - 9/22/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Bulls (3-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2)
Date & Time Saturday September 22, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +3.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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CFB | Buffalo Bulls (3-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2)
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The Buffalo Bulls and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.

The Buffalo Bulls look for their second road win of the season to start 4-0 for the first time in well over a decade. The Buffalo Bulls have split their last six road games. Tyree Jackson is completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 789 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception. Jackson has 18 touchdown passes in his last five games. K.J. Osborn and Anthony Johnson have combined for 507 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Charlie Jones has six receptions. The Buffalo Bulls ground game is averaging 156.6 yards per contest, and Kevin Marks leads the way with 219 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 22.3 points and 373.3 yards per game. Khalil Hodge leads the Buffalo Bulls with 32 tackles, Chuck Harris has 3.5 sacks and Cameron Lewis has two interceptions.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could use a feel good home victory to get back to a .500 record. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won four of their last six home games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 49.3 percent of his passes for 290 yards, one touchdown and seven interceptions. Sitkowski and Giovanni Rescigno have combined for one touchdown pass and eight interceptions. Jerome Washington and Bo Melton have combined for 156 receiving yards on 14 receptions while Raheem Blackshear has 12 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 218 yards per contest, and Blackshear leads the way with 195 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 38 points and 430.7 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 26 tackles, Elorm Lumor has two sacks and Blessuan Austin has one interception.

The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 4-10 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Scarlet Knights last 4 games following a ATS loss and the over is 4-1-1 in Bulls last 6 games overall.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights were just dominated by the Kansas Jayhawks and have given up a combined 107 points in their last two games. I'm surprised this line is this low. The Buffalo Bulls have been very sharp out of the gate, which includes a road win over a solid program in the Temple Owls, and Tyree Jackson is putting up Heisman numbers through the first three games. Sure, nobody expected Buffalo to be this good and some are probably still on the fence, but eating the small chalk certainly beats backing a Rutgers squad that's fresh off getting pounded by a notoriously bad Kansas team. I'll eat the small number with Buffalo, even if it's a fade from Rutgers more than anything else.

Pick:
Buffalo Bulls -3.5

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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