Michigan Wolverines (5-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 8, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +25.5 -- Over/Under:
The Michigan Wolverines and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday night in Big Ten play at High Point Solutions Stadium on ESPN2.
The Michigan Wolverines have lost at least one game to an unranked team on the road every year since the 2007 season. Wilton Speight is completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,094 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Speight has moved the chains 46 times through the air this season. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 600 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has 13 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 209.8 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 325 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 12.4 points and 247.6 yards per game. Ben Gedeon leads the Wolverines with 42 tackles, Chris Wormley has 3.5 sacks and Channing Stribling has three interceptions.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have not won a game against a ranked team since beating South Florida back in 2009. Chris Laviano is completing 49.6 percent of his passes for 680 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Laviano is coming off a game in which he completed just three passes for 33 yards. Janarion Grant and Jawuan Harris have combined for 404 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Andre Patton has eight receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 191 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 398 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 32.4 points and 423.8 yards per game. Kiy Hester leads the Scarlet Knights with 36 tackles, Julian Pinnix-Odrick has four sacks and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions.
The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 12-0 in Wolverines last 12 games overall and 9-4 in Scarlet Knights last 13 games in October.
Michigan is your typical Big Ten team that relies on running the football and playing smash mouth defense. The Wolverines don't exactly have the type of offense capable of blowing teams out much. Also, Rutgers is a different team at home. On the road, the Scarlet Knights have been waxed this season, but at home, Rutgers lost to Iowa by a touchdown. Last year, Rutgers took a top-five ranked Michigan State down to the wire and competed with Nebraska. This is also a tough spot for Michigan after just playing a physical contest last week against Wisconsin.
I'll take a stab with Rutgers and the points here.