Big Ten College Football Odds: (4) Michigan Wolverines at Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Michigan at Rutgers
Time: 2:30 PM CT
Spread: MIC -39
Total: 48

Odds c/o Bovada

The No. 4 ranked Michigan Wolverines won 42-7 over Penn State last week and has won eight straight since its opening week loss to Notre Dame. This week it takes on lowly Rutgers as 39-point favorites according to college football oddsmakers at Bovada. The game will air at 2:30 PM CT on the Big Ten Network and has an over/under of 48 points.

MICHIGAN

Michigan has been steamrolling largely on account of its stifling defense. The Wolverines Rank No. 5 in holding opponents to just 13.6 points per game while scoring 36.7 (no. 25) itself. The rush attack has been its forte, ranking No. 29 in the nation at 217.9 yards per game. Heading that has been Karan Hidden, who has tallied 963 yards on 173 carries and seven touchdowns. Chris Evans, Trudgen’s Wilson and quarterback Shea Patterson have added 600-plus yards, between them, and another six touchdowns collectively. Patterson has thrown for 1,667 yards at a 67 percent clip with 14 TD passes and three interceptions. He boasts a passer rating 157.1 and has averaged 8.34 yards-per-attempt.

Michigan’s top two targets have been Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples-Jones, both with 373 and 364 yards, respectively. Collins has just two TD receptions, but Peoples-Jones has seven, including a 79-yard TD reception. Zach Gentry has 350 yards and two receiving TDs, and Michigan has three other players with 100 yards or more. Its pass game is hardly weak, but it goes to Higdon quite a bit out of the backfield due to his 5.6 yards-per-carry and consistency.

RUTGERS

Rutgers is just 1-8 on the season and it one of the worst teams in college football. Artur Sitkowski has thrown under 50 percent for completion and has 15 interceptions to his four touchdowns. He averages just 4.45 yards-per-attempt. The Rutgers backfield is good for just 3.8 yards-per-rush-attempt, though Rasheem Blackshear has been decent considering how poor the OL is. Blackshear has 437 yards on 100 carries with two TDs. Jonathan Hilliman has 299 yards and six TDs.

Rutgers can get it in the end zone, but its defense is abysmal. Rutgers scores just 14.7 per game while giving up 33.4, which ranks No. 99 in the NCAA. Its rush attack is tied-No 112, and it is No. 119 in pass offense. If Michigan really wants to run up the score and cover this spread, it will have every opportunity to do so.

ATS TRENDS

Michigan
  • Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games.
  • Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
  • Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Wolverines are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
  • Wolverines are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November.
  • Wolverines are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
  • Wolverines are 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Wolverines are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win.
  • Wolverines are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
  • Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
  • Wolverines are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Rutgers
  • Scarlet Knights are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games in November.
  • Scarlet Knights are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.

OU TRENDS

Michigan
  • Over is 5-0 in Wolverines last 5 games on fieldturf.
  • Under is 5-1 in Wolverines last 6 road games.
  • Under is 5-1 in Wolverines last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
  • Over is 4-1 in Wolverines last 5 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
  • Over is 5-2 in Wolverines last 7 games overall.
  • Over is 5-2 in Wolverines last 7 games following a straight up win.
  • Over is 5-2 in Wolverines last 7 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Over is 10-4 in Wolverines last 14 games in November.
  • Over is 10-4 in Wolverines last 14 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
  • Over is 5-2 in Wolverines last 7 conference games.
Rutgers
  • Over is 5-1 in Scarlet Knights last 6 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • Under is 5-1 in Scarlet Knights last 6 conference games.
  • Under is 13-3 in Scarlet Knights last 16 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
  • Under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games overall.
  • Under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games on fieldturf.
  • Under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games following a straight up loss.
  • Under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games following a ATS win.
  • Under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
  • Under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Under is 6-2 in Scarlet Knights last 8 games in November.
  • Under is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

HEAD TO HEAD

  • Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
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