Free Week 8 Prediction: Scarlet Knights vs. Spartans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(0-0) Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Michigan State Spartans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: Michigan State -13.5
NCAA Betting Total: 44.5
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Both programs are kicking off new regimes with new head coaches. Both are hoping they can return to former glory.
Michigan State is in a better spot to be competitive right away but I am not sure Mel Tucker will be there for too long.
Greg Schiano is looking to prove once again that winning at Rutgers is possible.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Schiano is back at Rutgers but things are definitely different. Climbing the old Big East is a little different from having to scale the Big Ten, especially with the division they are in.
If they are going to improve this season I think there is a better chance for them to be better on defense than on offense. They were last in the league in scoring defense a year ago.
On that side of the ball 7 starters return and it is a very experienced group. They might have to be more aggressive though, forcing opponents into some mistakes.
One new starter on D will be safety Brendan White. The former Ohio State player is indicative of how Schiano may be able to bring in some better talent in the future.
On offense, they have a couple of sophomore quarterbacks to choose from. Neither has shown much but Artur Sitkowski was a highly rated recruit. Perhaps he takes a step forward this season.
Michigan State Spartans
Tons of transition at MSU as they have will have a new coach, new quarterback and new top defensive player. Mel Tucker might wish he was still chilling in Colorado.
It looks like the quarterback will be a freshman, Payton Thorne. That is bound to produce some growing pains. Backup Rocky Lombardi threw 21 passes last year and did not look good.
The offensive line has three returning starters and sophomore RB Elijah Collins rushed for almost 1000 yards last season. They will look to establish the run again, which is in keeping with Tucker’s style.
Tucker is a defense guy but he has only three starters returning from a unit that was just middle of the pack in the conference last season. He might be able to coach up the guys he has but major improvement seems unlikely.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-1 in RUTG last 8 road games.
- RUTG are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference games.
- Under is 11-4 in RUTG last 15 conference games.
- MSU are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
- MSU are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games.
- MSU are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
I think this is a game to totally stay away from this week. Not only is it just week one but with two new coaches too. It feels like anything could happen.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers +13.5
With that in mind, I am more inclined to take the points here. Schiano is the better coach and maybe he makes the opener their Super Bowl and has them super fired up.
I will wait and see how the Spartan offense looks before making backing them this season. That unit was bad last year and this year they are going to be less experienced.
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