Michigan Wolverines (8-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 10, 2018, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +37.5 -- Over/Under:
The Michigan Wolverines and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.
The Michigan Wolverines look to build on their eight-game winning streak to stay in the Big Ten and college football playoff conversations. The Michigan Wolverines have won five of their last eight road games. Shea Patterson is completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,667 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Patterson has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 16 games. Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples-Jones have combined for 737 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Zach Gentry has 25 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 217.8 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 963 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 13.6 points and 216.2 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 56 tackles, Josh Uche has seven sacks and Josh Metellus has three interceptions.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could use a big upset victory here that would snap an eight-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost four straight home games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 49.8 percent of his passes for 1,100 yards, four touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Sitkowski has two touchdown passes and seven interceptions in his last four games. Raheem Blackshear and Bo Melton have combined for 532 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jerome Washington has 11 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 124.4 yards per contest, and Blackshear leads the way with 437 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 33.4 points and 414.8 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 81 tackles, Mike Tverdov has four sacks and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.
The Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games in November. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games overall and the over is 5-2 in Wolverines last 7 games overall.
The Michigan Wolverines are a team that seems to be getting stronger and stronger by the week, as the offense is becoming more consistent and the defense has given up no more than 21 points in each of their last eight games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights continue to lose games, but they're coming off back-to-back games in which they hung around with Northwestern and Wisconsin. Three of Rutgers' last five games have been decided by 14 or less points. The Michigan Wolverines have failed to cover three of their last four games as a favorite of at least 30 points. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have failed to cover three of their last four games as an underdog of at least 30 points. While I've been high on Michigan from the start and even have a future on them to win the national title, this is a steep price to lay with the Wolverines on the road. Michigan is motivated to make the CFP, not beat the hell out of Rutgers. Get the win and get out injury free. I'll take a shot with Rutgers and the boatload of points.