Free Week 8 Prediction: Scarlet Knights vs Golden Gophers Odds
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(2-5) Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Football Spread: Minnesota -18
NCAA Betting Total: 44
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Fans and experts alike have been caught off guard by the struggles of Michigan State this year.
Big ten foes get set for battle as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at high noon on Saturday.
Minnesota enters play at 4-2, while Rutgers comes in at 2-5 and the laughing stock of college football after the last 3 weeks.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Scarlet Knights are becoming a joke in college football as it hasn’t looked good for them over the past 3 weeks.
Rutgers was shut out by Ohio State and Michigan as they allowed 120 plus points combined in the losses. Last week, Illinois actually let them hang around, but a pick 6 in the 2nd half did them in and they once again fell.
The silver lining, they at least found the end zone for the first time in 3 weeks.
Needing offense, the Scarlet Knights will bring back Josh Hicks to the RB position. Hicks has been playing safety as the Knights are thin in the position, but with the lack of offense they’ll bring him back to the offensive side.
Hicks has 1241 rush yards over the past 3 seasons.
Defensively, the rush defense has been a mess for Rutgers. They sit 2nd last in total rush yards against and only 5 teams have more rush yards against per game than them.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Golden Gophers put an end to their 2 game losing streak and found their first Big 10 win of the season last week as they took down Maryland.
Minnesota isn’t an explosive offense, but they are one that will methodically move down the field and work the clock.
RB Rodney Smith has been the anchor to that and comes in off a performance last week that saw him rush for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the season, Smith is averaging just under 100 yards per game.
Smith figures to get a lot of touches this week against one of the worst rush defenses in college football.
Along with Smith, Shannon Brooks and Kobe McCrary will also see some touches. The duo has a combined 546 yards on the ground with 5 touchdowns to their credit.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Scarlet Knights are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Scarlet Knights are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Scarlet Knights are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games on fieldturf.
- Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Golden Gophers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 conference games.
- Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction
Laying 18.5 points with the Golden Gophers is certainly a tough task.
However, with how bad Rutgers has been lately, this is a case where it’s worth it.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Minnesota -18.5
The Golden Gophers will find plenty of success running the ball here, as they’ll wear this Scarlet Knights defense down.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 40- Rutgers 7
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