Wisconsin Badgers (5-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 1, 2014, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +11 -- Over/Under:
The Wisconsin Badgers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights square off Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Wisconsin Badgers still control their own destiny in the Big Ten West and are looking for their first true road win. The formula for Wisconsin has yet to change, as the running attack is averaging more than seven yards per carry and has scored 25 touchdowns. Melvin Gordon leads the charge with 1,168 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, while Corey Clement has chipped in 566 yards and five touchdowns. Wisconsin has 30 running plays of 20 or more yards and has won 10 of its last 12 regular season games when rushing for 200-plus yards. Tanner McEvoy hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in three games and is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and five interceptions. Wisconsin’s passing game hasn’t had to do much, which is why Alex Erickson and Sam Arneson are the only two players with double-digit receptions and have caught five of the Badgers nine passing touchdowns. Defensively, the Wisconsin Badgers are allowing 16.1 points, 270.1 yards, and they’ve forced nine turnovers and 21 sacks. Michael Caputo leads Wisconsin with 50 tackles and Derek Landisch has 10 tackles for loss.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost back-to-back games and play their first home game in nearly a month. Rutgers is a banged up football team, and now quarterback Gary Novais questionable with a knee injury. Nova is completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but freshman Chris Laviano will get the nod if he’s not able to go. Leonte Carroo and Andrew Turzilli have done most of the heavy lifting on the outside, as they’ve combined for more than 1,000 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. John Tsimis is the only other active Rutgers player with a touchdown reception. Regardless of the QB situation, expect Desmon Peoples to lead the way on the ground, as he’s scored three touchdowns in his last two games and leads Rutgers with 441 rushing yards. Defensively, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are allowing 28.5 points, 427.5 yards, and they’ve forced 10 turnovers and 24 sacks. Steve Longa leads Rutgers with 56 tackles and Kemoko Turay has 6.5 tackles for loss.
The Badgers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
If Rutgers had a hard time slowing down Nebraska, they'll have even more trouble against Wisconsin's ground game. Whether Nova plays or not, this game has blowout written all over it.