Saturday, November 12, 2016
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The opening line for this game has Michigan State as 15.5 point favorites. This season the Scarlet Knights are 4-5-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-3-0. The Spartans have an over/under record of 4-5-0 and they are 2-7-0 against the spread.
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Giovanni Rescigno finished with 258 yards through the air for Rutgers last week. He completed 19 passes out of 36 attempts for a 53% completion percentage. The Scarlet Knights were led in rushing by Justin Goodwin, who finished with 82 yards on 19 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Jawuan Harris was the team leader in receiving with a total of 118 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. As a team in that game Rutgers got a total of 13 first downs. Of those first downs, 5 came on the ground while 8 came through the air. They ran 70 total plays for 351 yards for the game. The Scarlet Knights ran for 93 yards on 34 attempts.
Tyler O'Connor finished with 265 yards passing for Michigan State last week. He went 23 for 35, resulting in a 66% completion percentage. The Spartans were led on the ground by Gerald Holmes, who finished with 78 yards on 12 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. R.J. Shelton led the team in receiving with 80 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. Michigan State had 28 first downs total. 11 came from running the ball and 17 came from a pass. They ran 90 total plays for 490 yards for the contest. The Spartans ran for 175 yards on 43 carries as a team.
Rutgers scores 19.4 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 123rd in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 13.8 passes on 28.6 attempts for a 48.2 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 152 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 119th in college football. The Scarlet Knights run for an average of 160.9 yards per game on 42.1 attempts for an average of 3.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 85th in the nation. They also run 70.7 plays per contest and average 4.4 yards per play for an average of 312.9 yards per game, ranking their offense 124th overall this season. The Scarlet Knights average 16.8 first downs per game which ranks them 123rd in the country. They accumulate 43.4 penalty yards per game via 5.3 penalties, which ranks 112th in the nation.
Rutgers allows 196.6 passing yards per game, ranking 24th in D-1, and they allow 36.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 116th. They give up 14.9 completions on 25.2 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 59. The Scarlet Knights allow 248.4 rushing yards per game on 45.8 carries for an average of 5.4 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 121st in the country. Rutgers allows 445 total yards per game including 6.3 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 99th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.4 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.9 penalties for 48.9 yards per game, ranking them 44th among D-1 teams.
Michigan State averages 23.6 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 103rd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 18.4 passes per game on 31.6 attempts for a 58.5 percent completion percentage. They throw for 238.2 yards through the air per game, ranking them 60th in Division 1. The Spartans run for an average of 164.3 yards per game on 38.2 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 77th on the ground. They also run 69.8 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for a total of 402.6 yards per game, ranking them 69th in the country on offense. The Spartans get an average of 20.8 first downs per game, which ranks 69th in the nation. They average 66.8 penalty yards per game via 6.9 penalties, ranking them 20th in college football.
Michigan State allows an average of 218 passing yards per game, which ranks 51st in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 30.1 points per contest, which has them ranked 85th in the nation. They give up 18.2 completions on 29.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.2 per game. The Spartans allow 166 rushing yards per contest on 38.4 carries for a 4.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 61st in the country. Michigan State allows 384 total yards per game for an average of 5.6 yards per play, which ranks 44th in D-1. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and 4.3 penalties for 39.8 yards in each contest, ranking 9th in the nation.
Rutgers Betting Trends
Rutgers is 6-3-0 against the over/under this season
Rutgers has an ATS record of 4-5-0 this season
Michigan State Betting Trends
Michigan State is 4-5-0 against the over/under this season
Michigan State has an ATS record of 2-7-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/06/16 OL J.J. Denman Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
11/06/16 RB Josh Hicks Personal "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
11/06/16 DB Kiy Hester Leg "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
11/06/16 DB Lawrence Stevens Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
11/06/16 RB Robert Martin Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
11/06/16 DB Ronnie James Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan State
10/15/16 LB Najee Clayton Personal has left team
10/07/16 LB Greg Jones Neck out for season
09/26/16 WR Janarion Grant Ankle out for season
09/26/16 DL Quanzell Lambert Knee out for season
09/09/16 WR Dontae Owens Dismissed has been dismissed
11/07/16 S Montae Nicholson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/07/16 CB Vayante Copeland Foot out for season
11/07/16 S Khari Willis Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 T David Beedle Arm injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 T Dennis Finley Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 CB Drake Martinez Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 TE Jamal Lyles Disciplinary "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 WR Monty Madaris Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 QB Tyler O'Connor Head injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 S Kenney Lyke Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 OL Kodi Kieler Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 DL Kyonta Stallworth Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/06/16 DL Malik McDowell Foot injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/31/16 QB Brian Lewerke Leg out for season
10/07/16 DE Mufi Hunt Knee out indefinitely
10/04/16 DT Raequan Williams Shoulder out indefinitely
09/27/16 LB Jon Reschke Ankle out indefinitely
09/01/16 DT Enoch Smith Jr. Personal left the team
Tony's Pick: Take Michigan State -15.5
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