Michigan vs. Rutgers Prediction
Will No. 4 Michigan continue its march toward a playoff spot and manhandle Rutgers when the two meet up in Big Ten play today at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, November 10, 2018
3:30PM ET – HighPoint.com Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Michigan is favored on the road, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -38.5 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 47.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 70 percent going on Michigan on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rutgers unable to score
Rutgers suffered its eighth straight loss this past week, losing at Wisconsin 31-17. The Knights have been held to 17 points or less in all eight losses. They are now 1-8 overall, 0-6 in the Big Ten, 4-5 against the spread and 6-3 with the under. Rutgers has covered the spread in two straight games.
For the season, the Knights are averaging just 15.3 points and 276.9 yards per game on offense. It has been ugly for quarterback Artur Sitkowski, as he has thrown for 1,100 yards and four touchdowns with 15 interceptions. He is completing less than 50 percent of his passes. Raheem Blackshear is the leading rusher with 437 yards and two touchdowns. He is also the leading receiver with 35 catches for 316 yards and two scores. Defensively, Rutgers is giving up 33.4 points and 414.8 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing 234.3 yards per contest.
Michigan has won eight straight games, including a 42-7 win over Penn State last week, to move into the top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings. The Wolverines are 8-1 overall, 6-0 in the Big Ten, 6-3 against the spread and 5-4 with the over. They have covered the spread in four straight games.
The Wolverines are dominant on defense this year, giving up just 13.6 points and 316.2 yards per game. Their pass defense is allowing only 122 yards per contest. When it comes to offense, Michigan is posting 36.7 points and 418.4 yards per contest. On the ground, Michigan averages over 215 yards per game. Karan Higdon is leading the pack with 963 rushing yards and seven touchdowns while quarterback Shea Patterson has been a good game manager, throwing for 1,667 yards and 14 touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
Rutgers is 7-16 against the spread in their last 23 games in November.
Michigan is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games in November, but just 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
Michigan is being asked to cover a very big spread today and the Wolverines aren’t a team that really runs up the score. They have just two wins by a margin greater than 38.5 points this year. Rutgers definitely isn’t good on offense and I can see the Knights being shutout in this game, but I think they have a defense that can hold Michigan back on occasion today. I think this is more of a 35-0 game than a 50-0 win for the Wolverines. I will take my chances on Rutgers with the points against a Michigan team that hasn’t score more than 21 points on the road in a single game this year.
College Football Prediction: Rutgers +38.5