2012 Big East College Football Week 7 Odds: Syracuse vs. Rutgers Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 07:30
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Syracuse vs. Rutgers Odds

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (The Spread) – No. 20 Rutgers hosts Syracuse on Saturday at Noon ET on the Big East Network, as the Knights look to stay undefeated.

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Rutgers is 5-0 on the season, 2-0 in the Big East and 2-0 at home. Syracuse is 2-3 overall, 1-0 in the Big East and 0-1 on the road. The Orange are 1-3-1 against the spread this year while the Knights are 3-2 ATS. Rutgers has won five of its last seven against Syracuse.

Trends show that the home team has covered the spread in 9 of the last 13 games in this series while Syracuse is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 meetings with Rutgers overall. These two teams have hit the under in 4 of their last 5 meetings.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Rutgers is the favorite at home in this game, as the Knights have odds of -7 points against Syracuse. The over/under total for this game has been set at 46 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Rutgers as a 7.5-point favorite. The spread never gotten higher than that and dropped the hook during the week to sit at Rutgers -7.

Rutgers is coming off a 19-3 win against Connecticut at home last week. The Knights have won four of their five games by 12 points or less as they are scoring just 25.4 points per game, but holding opponents to only 10.8 points per contest. That scoring total on defense ranks fifth in the country. The Rutgers offense has been led by running back Jawan Jamison, who has rushed for 601 yards and two touchdowns.

The Orange are coming off a 14-13 win at home against Pittsburgh last Friday. The Orange have had three games this year decided by seven points or less and two games decided by one point. Syracuse is scoring only 24.4 points per game this season and giving up 26.2 points per game. The offense is led by a strong passing attack that ranks 17th in the country at 310.4 yards per game. Ryan Nassib has thrown for 1,552 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season to lead the team.

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In terms of Injuries, Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas is questionable for the game with a head injury while receiver Jeremiah Kobena is out with a wrist injury. Rutgers defensive lineman Al Page is questionable with a leg injury while kicker Kyle Federico is questionable with a hip injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are getting 70% of the wagers with odds of -7 points at home against Syracuse.

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