Rutgers at Michigan NCAA Football Tips 9/28/2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Artur Sitkowski and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights go to Michigan Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan opens this contest as 27-point favorites. The Scarlet Knights are 1-2-0 ATS and 1-2-0 when betting on the total. The Wolverines are 2-1-0 when wagering on the over/under and 0-3-0 against the spread.
Key Rutgers Scarlet Knights Injuries
09/22/19 QB McLane Carter Concussion missed last game, is questionable Saturday vs Michigan
08/30/19 TE Kyle Penniston Foot is out indefinitely
Key Michigan Wolverines Injuries
09/22/19 QB Dylan McCaffrey Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Rutgers
09/22/19 DL Michael Dwumfour Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Rutgers
09/22/19 RB Tru Wilson Wrist is questionable Saturday vs Rutgers
08/26/19 OL Andrew Stueber ACL is out for season
In their last game, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights faced the Boston College Eagles and were defeated 30-16. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Scarlet Knights was Artur Sitkowski who went 23/33 with 304 yards through the air and threw 1 touchdown. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. Isaih Pacheco paced the team in rushing for that game. He had a long run of 11 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 47 yards via 17 carries which meant he was running for 2.8 yards per run. Raheem Blackshear led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 130 yards on 9 catches. He had an average of 14.4 yards per catch for that game. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ran the football 26 times and totaled 76 yards which gave them an average of 2.9 yards per rushing attempt. For the contest, the Scarlet Knights racked up a total of 14 first downs and they had 11 infractions for 100 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. On the day, they ran 60 plays which gave them a total of 380 yards. When discussing the defense, Rutgers gave up 13 completions on 25 throws totaling 159 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.0%. Against the run, the Scarlet Knights gave up 281 yards on 58 tries allowing their opponent an average of 4.8 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they gave up 440 yards but didn't get any takeaways.
The Scarlet Knights step onto the field holding a record of 1-2 for this year. For total yardage, they currently sit at 13th in the conference and 116th in the nation with 1,059 yards. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 21.3 points per contest, which has them at 110th in the nation. As a team, they are averaging 122 yards on the ground per game which is 12th in the conference. The Scarlet Knights have one of the average defenses in college football, giving up 27 points per contest putting them 12th in the Big Ten Conference. In regard to yards rushing, Rutgers is allowing 219.3 yards per contest which has them at 14th in the Big Ten and 121st in college football. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5 yards per carry putting them 14th in the conference and 109th in the country overall. Overall, they have allowed 658 rushing yards through 3 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Scarlet Knights have allowed 693 yards. Teams are completing 56.3% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.5 yards per attempt.
The last time they played, the Michigan Wolverines went up against the Wisconsin Badgers and took the defeat by a score of 35-14. Dylan McCaffrey paced the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 9 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 21 yards by way of 3 carries which had him averaging 7.0 yards per run. Ronnie Bell was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 81 yards on 2 catches. He earned an average of 40.5 yards per reception for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Wolverines was Shea Patterson who went 14/32 with 219 yards through the air and threw 2 touchdowns. He threw 1 interception during the game. The Michigan Wolverines rushed the ball a total of 19 times and earned a total of 40 yards giving them an average of 2.1 yards per rush. On the day, they ran 61 plays which added up to 299 yards. Overall, the Wolverines had a total of 15 first downs and they totaled 3 penalties for 45 yards telling us that this team was extremely focused in this game. On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan gave up 13 catches on 16 tries for a total of 128 yards, and a completion percentage of 81.3%. For the game, they gave up a total of 487 yards but finished the game without a turnover. Against the run, the Wolverines gave up 359 yards on 57 carries which means they allowed 6.3 yards per carry allowed.
The Wolverines come into this matchup with a record of 2-1. In discussing the offensive production, the Wolverines have one of the middle tier offenses in Division 1. Michigan hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 127 rushing yards per contest, putting them 93rd in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 381 yards rushing through 3 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Wolverines average 364 yards per contest overall putting them 92nd in D-1 and 11th in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are allowing 25.7 points per contest which puts them at 11th in the conference and 68th in the nation. In regard to points given up, they have given up 77 total points. When talking about yards rushing, they are allowing 208.7 yards per contest ranking them 117th in the nation and 13th in the Big Ten Conference. This season, they have conceded a total of 626 yards rushing and 9 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the elite units in Division 1. They are allowing 135 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Wolverines are currently ranked 1st in the Big Ten Conference.
Who will win tonight's Scarlet Knights/Wolverines college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Wolverines -27
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