Free Week 1 Prediction: Bobcats vs Scarlet Knights Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Texas State Bobcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: HighPoint Solutions Stadium in New Brunswick, New Jersey
NCAA Football Spread: Rutgers -16.5
NCAA Betting Total: 46.5
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Rutgers host Texas State to open up the college football season. The Bobcats went 2-10 last season as they were young and inexperienced while Rutgers struggled to a 4-8 record in 2017.
Many Scarlet Knights fans are anticipating a much better season, but will that prove true? The team has a solid QB in Artur Sitkowski, but there are question marks all over the defensive unit.
Texas State Bobcats
The Bobcats have been terrible since joining the FBS, but after a couple good recruiting cycles, the team is expected to take a step forward. If they plan on improving they’ll need to focus on the run.
Texas State bring back three offensive linemen and a solid running game. Last season, the Bobcats averaged 17.25 PPG (122nd), 204.75 PYPG (83rd), and 134.50 RYPG (101st) on offense.
If they want to compete with an improved Rutgers team they’ll need to eat up the clock and score TDs when in the red zone. The defense will also have to do its part to keep this matchup close.
Defensively, the Bobcats allowed 32.75 PPG (103rd), 289.25 PYPG (124th) and 138.08 RYPG (37th). They were strong against the run, but they were consistently beat through the air last season.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
In the last three years, Rutgers have been only able to win ten games. That isn’t going to cut it and this program needs Sitkowski to step up this season and help his team win more games.
Last season, Rutgers averaged 18 PPG (120th), 115.58 PYPG (124th) and 147.08 RYPG (86th) on offense. Jonathan Hillman and Raheem Blackshear are also back at RB, which is great news.
The Scarlet Knights were a below average defensive team as well. The team had a rough off-season as well. Several defensive players were kicked off the team for a credit card fraud scheme.
I’m sure Rutgers just wants to get on the football field at this point. Rutgers allowed 28.33 PPG (77th), 215.83 PYPG (55th) and 183.08 RYPG (83rd) last season. Those numbers should improve in 2018.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Texas State is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games.
- Texas State is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games on the road.
- Rutgers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Rutgers are favored by -16.5 points at most bookies. That’s a steep line for a team that has had lots of trouble winning games straight up the last few years, but it’s doable against Texas State.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers -16.5
My money will be on Rutgers at home. Sitkowski is a freshman and nerves could hurt him early on, but the Bobcats don’t have a great defense and I expect him to start rolling by the 2H.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Texas State 17 – Rutgers 41
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