Rutgers vs. Michigan State Total Pick
Will two putrid offensive teams continue their offensive struggles when Michigan State plays host to Rutgers on Saturday at 4PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
153 Rutgers at 154 Michigan State
Saturday, November 24, 2018
4PM ET – Spartan Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Michigan State is the clear favorite at home in this game, as the Spartans are getting odds of -27 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 37 points. The public betting currently has 73 percent going on Rutgers on the road.
Rutgers a mess
Rutgers has lost 10 straight games following a 20-7 loss at home to Penn State last weekend. The Scarlet Knights are now 1-10 overall and 0-8 in the Big Ten. Rutgers is 6-5 against the spread and 7-4 with the under. The Knights have hit the under in four of their last five games.
The Scarlet Knights are one of the worst offenses in the nation. They rank 129th in scoring at 13.8 points per game, while ranking 128th in total offense at 270.7 yards per game. Artur Sitkowski has thrown for 1,158 yards and four touchdowns and also has 18 interceptions. Raheem Blackhshear is the leading rusher with 580 yards and three touchdowns. He also is the leading receivers with 41 catches for 338 yards and two scores. Defensively, Rutgers is giving up 33 points and 409.8 yards per game.
Michigan State falls again
Michigan State has lost two straight games to Ohio State and Nebraska, not scoring a touchdown in either loss. The Spartans are now 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten. MSU is now 4-7 against the spread and 7-4 with the under. The Spartans have hit the under in six straight games.
MSU also has one of the worst offenses in the nation right now. They are 121st nationally in scoring at 20.3 points per game and 115th in total offense at 346 yards per game. Quarterback Brian Lewerke sat out last week with a shoulder injury and is questionable to play this week. He has thrown for 1,868 yards and eight touchdowns with nine interceptions this year. Rocky Lombardi is his backup with 565 passing yards and two scores. Connor Heyward is the leading rusher with 439 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, MSU is pretty strong, allowing just 18.7 points and 320.1 yards per game. Their run defense leads the nation, allowing just 78.9 yards per game.
College Football Betting Trends
Rutgers has hit the under in eight of its last nine games on grass and in four of its last five following a loss.
Michigan State has hit the under in five of its last six in November and seven of its last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.
The total is extremely low for a college football game, but I think it goes under. Michigan State can’t move the ball at all right now and couldn’t score on a bad Nebraska defense last week. Rutgers hasn’t been god awful on defense either, so I think the Knights can give MSU more offensive issues. The Michigan State defense should be easily able to handle the Rutgers offense. The Spartans are very good against the run and Rutgers can’t successfully pass the ball. I could see this game being about 10-3.
College Football Prediction: Rutgers/Michigan State Under 37