Rutgers vs Indiana Predictions Against the Spread
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Memorial Stadium "The Rock"
Michael Penix Jr. and the Indiana Hoosiers play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The spread on this game has Indiana as 24.5-point favorites. The Scarlet Knights are 1-4-0 ATS and 2-3-0 when betting on the total. The Hoosiers are 2-3-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-2-0 against the spread.
Key Rutgers Scarlet Knights Injuries
10/06/19 QB McLane Carter Concussion is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
10/05/19 RB Raheem Blackshear Redshirt is out for season
10/04/19 QB Artur Sitkowski Redshirt is out for season
08/30/19 TE Kyle Penniston Foot is out indefinitely
Key Indiana Hoosiers Injuries
09/23/19 OL Coy Cronk Leg is out for season
In the last game they played, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights went up against the Maryland Terrapins and were defeated 48-7. Running the show from under center for the Scarlet Knights was Johnny Langan who went 13/25 with 163 yards passing but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He gave away 2 interceptions on the day. Isaih Pacheco paced the team in rushing during the game. He had a long run of 24 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 78 yards on 19 carries which had him averaging 4.1 yards per tote. Bo Melton was the receiving yardage leader by earning 50 yards on 4 catches. He averaged 12.5 yards per reception during the game. The Scarlet Knights ended up running the ball 47 times and generated 151 yards which gave them an average of 3.2 yards per carry. For the contest, the Scarlet Knights racked up a total of 11 1st downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 36 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. Overall, they totaled 72 plays which gave them a total of 314 yards. In terms of defense, Rutgers allowed 22 catches on 34 attempts totaling 290 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.7%. In the running game, the Scarlet Knights allowed 200 yards on 28 tries which gave them an average of 7.1 yards per attempt allowed. On the day, they gave up a total of 490 yards but finished the game without a turnover.
The Scarlet Knights head into this matchup 1-4 for the 2019 season. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 14.2 points per game, which has them at 131st in college football. As a unit, they are averaging 113 rushing yards per contest which is 12th in the Big Ten. For total yardage, they are currently ranked 13th in the Big Ten and 125th in college football with 1,527 yards. The Scarlet Knights have one of the most lackluster defenses in D-1, allowing 36.2 points per contest putting them 14th in the Big Ten Conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Scarlet Knights have allowed 962 yards. Teams are completing 60.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.3 yards per try. In terms of yards rushing, Rutgers is giving up 198 yards per contest ranking them 14th in the conference and 107th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.9 yards per carry which has them at 14th in the conference and 102nd in the nation overall. Overall, they have allowed 990 yards rushing through 5 games.
In their last game, the Indiana Hoosiers played the Michigan State Spartans and took the loss by a score of 40-31. Stevie Scott III led the team in rushing in the game. He broke a long run for 19 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for a total of 66 yards by way of 18 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.7 yards per run. Whop Philyor was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 142 yards on 14 receptions. He notched an average of 10.1 yards per reception in the game. Running the show from under center for the Hoosiers was Michael Penix Jr. who went 33/42 with 286 yards passing and threw 3 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Hoosiers ran the ball a total of 27 times and earned 72 yards giving them an average of 2.7 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, the Hoosiers earned 26 1st downs and they had a total of 9 penalties for 85 yards telling us that this team had an undisciplined week of practice. On the day, they ran 69 plays which gave them a total of 358 yards. When discussing the defense, Indiana allowed 18 catches on 36 throws for a total of 300 yards, and a completion percentage of 50.0%. Overall, they gave up 445 yards but weren't able to foce a turnover. On the ground, the Hoosiers allowed 145 yards on 33 tries which means they allowed 4.4 yards per attempt allowed.
The Hoosiers step onto the field holding a record of 3-2. In discussing the offensive production, the Hoosiers have one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Indiana hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 110.8 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 114th in D-1. As a team, they have compiled a total of 554 rushing yards through 5 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Hoosiers average 414.8 yards per contest overall putting them 71st in college football and 7th in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are conceding 23.6 points per contest ranking them 9th in the conference and 49th in college football. Their passing defense is one of the most dominate groups in college football. They are conceding 194 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Hoosiers are ranked 7th in the conference. In discussing points given up, they have given up 118 points in total. When talking about rushing yards, they are conceding 130.8 yards per contest which puts them at 48th in the nation and 8th in the conference. In 2019, they have given up 654 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Scarlet Knights/Hoosiers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hoosiers -24.5
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