Connecticut vs. Rutgers Odds


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (The Spread) – No. 23 Rutgers hopes to continue its improbable run up the rankings on Saturday when it hosts UConn at Noon ET on ESPNU.

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Rutgers is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big East and 1-0 at home. Connecticut is 3-2 overall, 0-0 in conference play and 1-1 on the road. Connecticut is 2-2-1 against the spread while Rutgers is 2-2 ATS. The home team has won five of the last six in this series.

Trends show that Connecticut is 7-2-1 against the spread in its last 10 meetings with Rutgers and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 trips to Rutgers. These two teams have combined to hit the over in 4 of their last 5 meetings.

According to oddsmakers from Rutgers is the favorite in this game, as the Knights are getting odds of -7.5 points at home against UConn. The over/under total has been set at 40.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had Rutgers as a 10-point favorite. The spread never got any higher than that and it hasn’t been lower than its current 7.5-point spread.

Rutgers is off to a 4-0 start following a 35-26 win at Arkansas two weeks ago. The Knights have won three of their four games by 12 points or less. Rutgers is 10th in the nation in defensive scoring, allowing just 12.8 points per game. Offensively, Rutgers is scoring 27 points per game behind a balanced attack. The team is being led by running back Jawan Jamison, who has rushed for 491 yards and two touchdowns.

UConn is coming off a 24-17 win at home against Buffalo last week. The Huskies have had both their losses come by a combined 9 points. The big issue with Connecticut is offense, as it averages just 23.2 points per game. The Huskies are 113th in the country in rushing, posting just 112 yards per game. Defensively, UConn is allowing just 15.6 points per game.

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In terms of Injuries, Rutgers running backs Paul James (ankle) and Savon Huggins (lower body) are both questionable for this game. Connecticut quarterback Casey Cochran is out with a wrist injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are getting 56% of the wagers with odds of -7.5 points at home against Connecticut on Saturday.

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