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Rutgers vs. New Mexico - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Mexico Lobos (1-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 17, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -4 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNEWS
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CFB | New Mexico Lobos (1-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-1)
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The New Mexico Lobos and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The New Mexico Lobos hope to get a game above a .500 record after a rocky start to the season. Austin Apodaca is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Apodaca now has two touchdown passes in his last seven games. Matt Quarells and Dameon Gamblin have combined for 139 receiving yards and one touchdown while Patrick Reed has five receptions. The New Mexico Lobos ground game is averaging 324.5 yards per contest, and Teriyon Gipson leads the way with 243 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, New Mexico is allowing 26.5 points and 315 yards per game. Dakota Cox leads the Lobos with 20 tackles, Garrett Hughes has 2.5 sacks and Nias Martin has four pass deflections.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014. Chris Laviano is completing 56.5 percent of his passes for 305 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Laviano has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Janarion Grant and Justin Goodwin have combined for 129 receiving yards on 17 catches while Andre Patton has three receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 255.5 yards per contest, and Grant leads the way with 134 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 31 points and 316.5 yards per game. Kiy Hester leads the Scarlet Knights with 11 tackles, Julian Pinnix-Odrick has two sacks and Anthony Cioffi has one interception.

The Lobos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. 

This is a great chance for Rutgers to win two straight games for the first time in more than a year, and New Mexico is a one dimensional ball club that's lost six of its last eight true road games. I look for Laviano to have a big game through the air and for the Scarlet Knights to win and cover this reasonable number.

Pick:
Rutgers Scarlet Knights -4

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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