Free Week 8 Prediction: Boilermakers vs Scarlet Knights Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(3-3) Purdue Boilermakers vs. Rugets Scarlet Knights (2-4)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ.
NCAA Football Spread: Purdue -9
NCAA Betting Total: 46.5
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Purdue and Rutgers, each 1–2 in their respective Big-10 divisions look to .500 in the conference and into the middle of the pack with a win.
The Boilermakers attempt to get back to .500 after alternating wins and losses in their first three conference games. The Scarlet Knights are off of their first Big-10 win after dropping the first two.
Purdue is on the road but is a definitive favorite in this matchup, giving just less than double-digits away to Rutgers. It’s been a good season for Purdue, which has lost only to highly-ranked opponents: Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Last week’s eight-point loss at Wisconsin muddied up the quarterback situation for Purdue.
Junior David Blough played just three snaps and didn’t attempt a pass after just about splitting the duties 50-50 with sophomore Elijah Sindelar up to that point.
Blough took two sacks and handed the ball off, despite no health problems. It appears Sindelar is gaining favor with the coaches despite less yards per attempt, a worse QBR and no rushing statistics either. It’s unclear how the Purdue staff will use the two QBs in this game.
Rugets Scarlet Knights
Rutgers won its first conference game of the season last week with a road win over Illinois, who isn’t any good at 0–3 in the conference and 2-4 overall.
The Scarlet Knights only threw for a hair over 100 yards through the air but controlled the game on the ground, where they rushed for 274 yards and five touchdowns.
Five ballcarriers rushed for at least 25 yards and four scored touchdowns for Rutgers. The defense, meanwhile, held Illinois to just three yards per carry and picked off Illini quarterback Jeff George Jr. twice in a 35–24 win.
The passing attack isn’t a strength for Rutgers. Starting quarterback Kyle Bolin has just 711 yards and six interceptions compared to three TDs. But a cohort of ballcarriers makes Rutgers’ ground game a serious threat that Purdue must contend with.
Gus Edwards and Robert Martin are the two primary backs and average about 4.5 yards per carry, together. Change of pace back Raheem Blackshear averages over eight years a pop on his 24 carries so far this season.
Of course, the ground game will be a lot more effective for Rutgers if they are able to keep the game close, or even establish a lead against Purdue. The Scarlet Knights find a lot of trouble in games they get behind early in.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- PUR are 13-3-2 ATS in their last 18 road games.
- Over is 6-2 in PUR last 8 games in October.
- PUR are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games in October.
- RUTG are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 conference games.
- Over is 12-5 in RUTG last 17 games in October.
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Purdue is the better team but Rutgers is in a spot here at home, following a win where it will be a tough out. I think this game is a lot closer to a coin flip than the oddsmakers give it credit for.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers +9
It will be on the offensive line of the Scarlet Knights to establish itself on the line of scrimmage and get that running game going to give space for the quarterback.
Purdue will have its hands full on the road. In the end, the Boilermakers’ more balanced offense will get the best of Rutgers but I like the home team to keep it within a touchdown.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Purdue 28 – Rutgers 24
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