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Rutgers vs. Indiana,
11-18-2017 - Prediction & Preview

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#321 Rutgers
Scarlet Knights
#322 Indiana
Hoosiers

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Game Stats

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

4 - 6

8-2
ATS
5-5
O/U
20
PPG
25
OPPG

Indiana Hoosiers

4 - 6

2-8
ATS
5-5
O/U
25
PPG
27
OPPG

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-6 SU, 3-4 Conf, 8-2 ATS)
vs Indiana Hoosiers (4-6 SU, 1-6 Conf, 2-7-1 ATS)

When: Saturday, Nov. 18th, 12:00 PM ET

Line: Indiana -11

Total: 50

The Hoosiers host the Scarlet Knights in a Big Ten contest where the loser will be out of a bowl opportunity. It’ll be played at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday afternoon. Rutgers has dropped two of their last three games while Indiana was able to snap a four-game losing skid at Illinois. The Scarlet Knights are 2-1 all-time against the Hoosiers.

Scarlet Knights held to just 43 yards passing, 6 points against Nittany Lions

Rutgers’ lackluster offense keeps them from being a legitimate squad, but they are having a much better season than a year ago. They’re beating all the lesser opponents in the Big Ten and while blowouts are still happening against better teams like Michigan and Penn State, they aren’t getting completely drilled. They arguably had the worst season among all Power Five teams, but that’s not the case in 2017. Their worst loss probably did come last week against Penn State, 35-6.

An offense that averages 285 yards per game was limited to 200, and they only registered 43 passing yards. Rutgers QB Giovanni Rescigno completed just 7-of-20 passes for all 43 passing yards and recorded no touchdowns or picks. The bulk of the offense came from running back Robert Martin, who had 71 yards on 11 carries. Placekicker Andrew Harte had all their scoring with two field goals.

Hoosiers finally take home first conference win against 2-8 Illini

Indiana’s mediocrity has cost them in recent games. They’ve had three consecutive heartbreaks against both Michigan schools and Maryland, but they were crushed 45-17 against Wisconsin in their most recent loss. Things finally clicked in a 24-14 victory over a bad Illinois team. It was the first Big Ten victory for the Hoosiers, which is telling for how tough the season has been — the Illini are just 2-8 with zero conference wins.

Indiana had 428 total yards despite converting just 5-of-20 third down attempts. They still registered 22 first downs and were aided by Illinois’ three turnovers. Quarterback Richard Lagow completed 32-of-48 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and one pick. Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. had the best overall game offensively with 54 yards and a touchdown on four catches. The junior has 716 receiving yards and 7 TDs this season.

Trends

Rutgers is:

  • 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games
  • 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games

Indiana is:

  • 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games
  • 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games

The Scarlet Knights have been solid against the spread this season, and there’s no reason to think that can’t continue against a very mediocre Big Ten club. Go with Rutgers on the road again.

Pick: Rutgers +11

Brian Spaen

Blogging journeyman and sports handicapper. His passion for statistics, analyzing team reports, and watching multiple hours of sports daily gives him an edge for picking who will beat the spread. Also writes about technology and video games. Hobbies include enjoying life in the big city, spending way too much time on YouTube, and discovering new craft beer and whisky.

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