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Wisconsin vs. Rutgers - 11/3/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-7) at Wisconsin Badgers (5-3)
Date & Time Saturday November 3, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -28 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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CFB | Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-7) at Wisconsin Badgers (5-3)
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in college football action at Camp Randall Stadium.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are coming off a bye week and hope to snap what has been a rough seven-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost each of their last six road games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 49.5 percent of his passes for 839 yards, three touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Sitkowski has one touchdown pass and seven interceptions in his last three games. Jerome Washington and Bo Melton have combined for 404 receiving yards on 32 receptions while Eddie Lewis has 22 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 131 yards per contest, and Raheem Blackshear leads the way with 399 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 33.8 points and 407.5 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 71 tackles, Elorm Lumor has 3.5 sacks and Damon Hayes has two interceptions. 

The Wisconsin Badgers have a chance to get back on track here after splitting their last six games. The Wisconsin Badgers have won 11 of their last 12 home games. Alex Hornibrook is completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,251 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Hornibrook has five touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last three games. A.J. Taylor and Jake Ferguson have combined for 701 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Danny Davis III has 18 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 267.5 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 1,155 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 21.4 points and 355.3 yards per game. Ryan Connelly leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 57 tackles, T.J. Edwards has three sacks and Madison Cone has two interceptions.

The Scarlet Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Badgers are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games in November, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Badgers last 5 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 road games.

The Wisconsin Badgers have been horrible over the years when it comes to covering big numbers. In fact, Wisconsin is just 1-4 ATS this season alone when a double-digit favorite. However, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights remain a joke of a football program and haven't been much better at covering numbers, and they're an underdog pretty much every week. Rutgers has failed to cover four of its last six games as a double-digit underdog. I'm not trying to lay big chalk with a Wisconsin team that has a habit of playing games close to the vest, but I fade Rutgers often, especially on the road or against good teams. So, while there's better games on the card, if forced to pick, I'll side with the Badgers in a blowout. Rutgers is just a joke.

Pick:
Wisconsin Badgers -28

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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