Indiana Hoosiers (4-4) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 5, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +12 -- Over/Under:
The Indiana Hoosiers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in a Big Ten college football game at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Indiana Hoosiers look for their second road victory of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Indiana Hoosiers also need this victory in order to have a real shot of becoming bowl eligible. Richard Lagow is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Lagow has just one touchdown pass in his last three games. Nick Westbrook and Ricky Jones have combined for 1,244 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Mitchell Paige has 37 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 173.6 yards per contest, and Devine Redding leads the way with 720 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 26.5 points and 395 yards per game. Tegray Scales leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 80 tackles, Nile Sykes has three sacks and Marcelino Ball has two interceptions.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could use a feel good victory in order to snap a rough five-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need to win out in order to become bowl eligible this season. Chris Laviano is completing 48.3 percent of his passes for 748 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Laviano and Giovanni Rescigno have combined for nine touchdown passes this season. Andre Patton and Jawuan Harris have combined for 526 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Janarion Grant has 20 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 167.7 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 515 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 37.3 points and 429.8 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 63 tackles, Julian Pinnix-Odrick has 4.5 sacks and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions.
The Hoosiers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November. The Scarlet Knights are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 14-6 in Scarlet Knights last 20 games in November and the under is 4-1 in Hoosiers last 5 games overall.
Rutgers showed signs of life in its last game against Minnesota, but I'm not sure that's enough for me to trust the Scarlet Knights given their overall performance this season. Indiana has been the far more consistent team and is still playing for something with a possible bowl bid within reach. Backing Rutgers in any situaion is risky, as the Scarlet Knights are easily one of the worst power five teams in the country.
I'll take Indiana by two touchdowns on the road if forced to pick this game, however, there are better bets on the board.