Free Week 2 Prediction: Cougars vs Scarlet Knights
Week 2 College football betting sees the Washington St Cougars taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday September 12th at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Washington St (0-1) vs. Rutgers (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 12th
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: High Point Solutions Stadium – Piscataway
NCAA Football Spread: Rutgers -2
NCAA Betting Total: 63.0
Rutgers overcame distractions last week to blowout Norfolk State. Washington St is a different test than Norfolk State but by how much?
The Cougars lost to Portland State last week…. Portland State!
That is an awful way to start a season and a trip to the East Coast can’t be making them feel any better.
The release of the players from Rutgers program who are facing charges can have two effects on the team. They could break the team up or they could force them to get behind each other as they face adversity together.
The Cougars entered their Week 1 game at home as 31 point favorites. And, they lost the game outright.
There aren’t two many positives to take from a result like that. The Cougars have an experienced team – they returned 15 starters from 2014.
Experience is supposed to help you win close games – especially against a team that doesn’t belong on the same field as you.
The Cougars lost to Rutgers last season at home 41-38. Traveling to the East Coast is never good for these West Coast teams and coming off a loss like that, I can’t imagine the Cougars want to fly across the country Saturday evening after another loss.
So will desire take over and lead the Cougars to a victory?
Desire and pride should have taken over to avoid last week’s loss happen but that didn’t happen.
The last few weeks for Rutgers football have not been ideal. The dismissal of five players from the program marked an opportunity for the team as a whole to move past what had happened.
While the players that remain weren’t involved in the incidents, they still are well aware of what people talk about when they think of Rutgers football right now.
This should be a different test for Rutgers than last week as Washington St will be coming across the country hungry to make up for last week’s embarrassment.
The Rutgers football program will be looking to band together and overcome the adversity they are facing. Their Big Ten schedule is going to be very difficult so this is a chance for them to pick up some wins.
This game will be about execution. These two teams are pretty evenly matched but the recent events for Rutgers and the loss last week for Washington St will play a bigger role in the result of this game. How will each team respond?
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
Scarlet Knights were 8-5 ATS in 2014 including 4-1 in non-conference games
Scarlet Knights were 3-3 ATS in 2014 at home
Cougars were 4-8 ATS in 2014 including 1-2 in non-conference games
Cougars were 3-5 ATS in 2014 following a loss
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Prediction
Washington St will have a tough time rebounding from Week 1 disastrous loss. Chris Laviano will embrace being named the Scarlet Knights quarterback. Rutgers will make sure they find a way to win this one.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers -2
The Cougars season started horribly and it won’t get any better this week in Piscataway. They are in for a long season in the Pac-12.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Rutgers 34 – Houston 24
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