Rutgers at Minnesota Free College Football Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 10/18/2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
TCF Bank Stadium
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 21 point favorites. This season the Scarlet Knights are 2-5-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-3-0. The Golden Gophers have an over/under record of 2-4-0 and they are 2-3-1 against the spread.
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Giovanni Rescigno finished with 120 yards through the air for Rutgers last week. He completed 10 passes out of 18 attempts for a 56% completion percentage. The Scarlet Knights were led in rushing by Robert Martin, who finished with 95 yards on 16 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Andre Patton was the team leader in receiving with a total of 90 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 18 yards per reception. As a team in that game Rutgers got a total of 23 first downs. Of those first downs, 11 came on the ground while 11 came through the air. They ran 80 total plays for 385 yards for the game. The Scarlet Knights ran for 203 yards on 50 attempts.
Conor Rhoda finished with 82 yards passing for Minnesota last week. He went 7 for 15, resulting in a 47% completion percentage. The Golden Gophers were led on the ground by Rodney Smith, who finished with 144 yards on 18 carries. He ended the game with an average of 8 yards per rush. Rashad Still led the team in receiving with 26 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. Minnesota had 16 first downs total. 9 came from running the ball and 5 came from a pass. They ran 63 total plays for 311 yards for the contest. The Golden Gophers ran for 229 yards on 48 carries as a team.
Rutgers scores 16.6 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 125th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 11.7 passes on 25.9 attempts for a 45.3 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 126.9 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 124th in college football. The Scarlet Knights run for an average of 172.1 yards per game on 44.1 attempts for an average of 3.9 yards per carry. That ranks them 70th in the nation. They also run 70 plays per contest and average 4.3 yards per play for an average of 299 yards per game, ranking their offense 127th overall this season. The Scarlet Knights average 16.6 first downs per game which ranks them 122nd in the country. They accumulate 40.1 penalty yards per game via 4.9 penalties, which ranks 116th in the nation.
Rutgers allows 170.4 passing yards per game, ranking 12th in D-1, and they allow 37.7 points per contest on defense, which ranks 118th. They give up 13.4 completions on 23.9 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 56.3. The Scarlet Knights allow 263.7 rushing yards per game on 45 carries for an average of 5.9 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 123rd in the country. Rutgers allows 434.1 total yards per game including 6.3 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 94th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.1 penalties for 51.9 yards per game, ranking them 53rd among D-1 teams.
Minnesota averages 30.5 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 61st in the country. In the passing department, they complete 15.7 passes per game on 28 attempts for a 56 percent completion percentage. They throw for 182.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 102nd in Division 1. The Golden Gophers run for an average of 207.3 yards per game on 43.5 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 35th on the ground. They also run 71.5 plays per game and average 5.4 yards per play for a total of 389.7 yards per game, ranking them 85th in the country on offense. The Golden Gophers get an average of 22.2 first downs per game, which ranks 45th in the nation. They average 68.5 penalty yards per game via 8.3 penalties, ranking them 23rd in college football.
Minnesota allows an average of 220.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 59th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 21.3 points per contest, which has them ranked 32nd in the nation. They give up 19.3 completions on 36.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 53.2 per game. The Golden Gophers allow 133.5 rushing yards per contest on 36.7 carries for a 3.6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 33rd in the country. Minnesota allows 354.2 total yards per game for an average of 4.9 yards per play, which ranks 35th in D-1. They force 2 turnovers per contest and 4.8 penalties for 47 yards in each contest, ranking 30th in the nation.
Rutgers Betting Trends
Rutgers is 4-3-0 against the over/under this season
Rutgers has an ATS record of 2-5-0 this season
Minnesota Betting Trends
Minnesota is 2-4-0 against the over/under this season
Minnesota has an ATS record of 2-3-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/16/16 RB Josh Hicks Personal "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
10/16/16 DB Kiy Hester Leg "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
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
10/16/16 DB Alexander Starks Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/16/16 LB Cody Poock Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/16/16 CB Coney Durr Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/16/16 DB Dior Johnson Suspension Served "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/16/16 QB Mitch Leidner Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/16/16 DL Tamarion Johnson Suspension Served "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/09/16 OL Jonah Pirsig Ankle expected to miss 2-3 weeks
09/26/16 S Ace Rogers Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota
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