Free Week 8 Prediction: Wildcats vs Scarlet Knights Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(3-3) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-6)
Date: Saturday, October 20 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: HighPoint.com Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
NCAA Football Spread: Wildcats -21
NCAA Betting Total: 50
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Northwestern needed overtime to win at home last week against Nebraska so this could be a letdown spot, especially given the opponent. This team is usually pretty disciplined but at the same time I wouldn’t get too excited about the matchup.
Rutgers is having another typical disaster of a season. They won their opener but are now on a 6 game losing streak. This is probably the easiest game left on their schedule and look at that number. Another win would be a surprise.
I think most of us were very surprised when Northwestern lost to Akron at home earlier this season. I wouldn’t say they are a real threat in the Big Ten but now that everyone in their division has a conference loss and they get to host Wisconsin, they have to be considered highly to take the division.
It seems against brand but the Wildcats are a sneaky good passing team. Led by senior QB Clayton Thorson they are 11th in the country in passing yards. Thorson can be better though. He is on pace to throw more interceptions than he ever has.
The Northwestern defense has been a letdown this season. Usually that is the part of the game where the Wildcats are sneaky good but this season they have been giving up a lot through the air and more points than normal at 26ppg.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers did win their opener but since then it has been pretty bleak. Only one of their six losses has been within a touchdown or less and the crazy part is the back half of their schedule is the really hard part. Maybe no team in the country has a harder final five games.
There was buzz with the recruitment of Artur Sitkowski but the results have not been great. It is hard to truly evaluate a freshman QB on such a terrible team but the ratio of 3 TD to 15 interceptions tells you all you need to know right now.
There is no real strength to this Rutgers team. They might compete a little harder because they are at home but any hope of this season being any kind of a break though seems long gone now. Rutgers is pretty much a lost cause in the Big Ten right now. Just cashing checks.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
- Over is 3-0-1 in Wildcats last 4 games on fieldturf.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
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Rutgers has covered only twice in 7 games and it is hard to really set a line because of how inept they are in all facets of the game. 21 points is smaller than last week for some reason.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Northwestern -21
It is hard to get comfortable with all that chalk, especially with a road team and a program that is not exactly an offensive or defensive juggernaut. If they given up a touchdown like Maryland did that might make it touch.
Also Northwestern is not exactly the kind of program that runs up the score and their depth players are not five stars so a backdoor cover is a real possibility.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Northwestern 34 – Rutgers 9
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