Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Ryan Field in Evanston, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (+1.5)
Ryan Field is the location where the Northwestern Wildcats (2-3) will go up against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-3) on Saturday. Northwestern opens this contest as 1.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 47.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights head into this matchup 3-3 this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Scarlet Knights went up against the Michigan State Spartans and took a loss by a score of 31-13. Noah Vedral went 16/31 with 208 yards through the air. He had a QB rate of 108.0 and ended the contest without throwing an interception. Noah Vedral was the rushing leader for the Scarlet Knights with 14 totes for 21 yds (1.5 yds per carry). The Rutgers Scarlet Knights rushed the ball a total of 36 times and compiled 111 yds, earning them an average of 3.1 yards per carry. When all was said and done, they tallied 77 plays which converted into 377 yards. Rutgers surrendered 16 completions on 27 tries for 339 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.3%. On the ground, the Scarlet Knights conceded 261 yds on 36 attempts, which is 7.3 yds per run surrendered.
The Scarlet Knights have racked up 2,128 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Rutgers has compiled 8 touchdowns via the pass and 10 rushing touchdowns. They have surrendered the football 5 times. Rutgers has a total of 119 1st downs offensively, and they have been flagged for 24 infractions for 217 yards. As a team they average 141.8 yards rushing ranking them 85th in Division 1. In terms of scoring, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are averaging 27.0 points per contest.
When it comes to passing yardage, the Scarlet Knights are conceding 1,272 yards which puts them in 81st in D-1. They have surrendered 212.0 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 53.3%. Over the course of this year, they have relinquished 366.8 yards/contest which has them ranked 74th in D-1. They have surrendered 9 touchdowns via the pass and 7 touchdowns via the ground game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.4 yards per rush on the ground and 154.8 rushing yards per contest so far this season. During this campaign, they have given up 929 rushing yards through 6 contests. The Scarlet Knights are ranked 64th in college football when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 22.8 PPG.
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The Wildcats come into this game with a record of 2-3 for this season. In their last game, the Wildcats walked away with a loss by a score of 56-7 when they faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Ryan Hilinski (1 touchdown) finished the game with 256 yards on 25/39 through the air while his quarterback rating was 127.7. He didn't throw any picks and his Y/A was 6.6. Evan Hull carried the ball 7 times for 31 yds, finishing the game with 4.4 yds per attempt for Northwestern. The Wildcats ended up finishing with 293 yards while they ran 66 plays (4.4 yards per play). Northwestern ran for 1.4 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 37 yards on 26 carries. Northwestern gave up 53 run attempts for 427 yards (8.1 yds per rush). The Wildcats passing defense gave up a completion rate of 71.4%, surrendering 230 yds on 15 for 21 through the air.
The Northwestern Wildcats hold an average of 369.2 yards per game, which has them ranked 91st in college football. The Northwestern offense has 220 yards of penalties on 26 violations, which is good for 113th in D-1 in terms of giving up free yards. During the season thus far, the Wildcats have compiled 953 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 190.6 passing yards per contest, which has them sitting 103rd in the nation. In relation to this team's ability to score points, the Wildcats are 110th in college football averaging 22.0 PPG.
The Wildcats are conceding 27.2 points per contest, which has them ranked 91st in D-1. Northwestern has allowed a total of 1,186 yards on the ground (237.2 yards per contest) as well as 14 touchdowns via the rush for the campaign. Overall, they have surrendered 136 total points. They have surrendered 4 touchdowns through the air and 214.4 yards per outing, which has them ranked 64th in college football. The Wildcats defense has taken part in 352 plays, which is 46th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Scarlet Knights/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Wildcats +1.5
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