Washington vs. Rutgers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Washington is favored on the road, as the Huskies are getting odds of -27 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 52.5 points. Washington won the meeting last season, 48-13, hitting the over of 56.5 points in the process. These two will meet from High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. The game will air live on FS1.
Washington is coming off 12-2 record in 2016 and the Huskies made their first playoff appearance in the process. Washington was 8-5-1 with the over in 2016, as the Huskies put up 41.8 points per game last season while allowing just 17.7 per contest. Washington should remain tough on offense as they return quarterback Jake Browning. He threw for 3,430 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2016. Browning could be on of the top draft picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Browning will be without his top receiver from 2016 in John Ross, but brings back Dante Pettis, who caught 15 touchdowns passes last season. Also back for Washington is Myles Gaskin, who rushed for 1,373 yards and 10 touchdowns in the backfield last year.
Rutgers had a 2-10 record in 2016, posting a 6-6 mark with the over/under total. Rutgers averaged just 15.7 points per game on offense while giving up 37.5 per game defensively. The Knights are handing the offense over to Kyle Bolin, a Louisville transfer. He will be the starting QB tonight. Bolin threw for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his limited appearances with Louisville from 2014-16. Robert Martin is back in the backfield for Rutgers, but he had just 625 yards and two touchdowns. Jawuan Harris, had just 39 catches for 481 yards and three scores, but was the leading receiver.
Rutgers isn’t likely to do a whole lot in this game, but I can see the Scarlet Knights managing a few scores late in the game. Washington should be able to move the ball with ease. I expect the Huskies to score most possessions. Browning should start his Heisman campaign with a great effort tonight. Look for Washington to post over 40 points to carry the load for the total and Rutgers will do enough to make it hit.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: WASHINGTON/RUTGERS OVER 52.5