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Reviewing Betting Line, Spread, & Total for Rutgers at Michigan State

We look at recent trends in this Big Ten matchup as well.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Michigan State at Rutgers Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Rutgers is set to begin their 2020 schedule on the road against Michigan State on Saturday at noon ET on BTN. The line opened up with Rutgers as an 11.5-point underdog. It has since moved the way of the Spartans.

If you believe in the Scarlet Knights keeping this game close, then this is a chance to take them. BetOnline currently has them as 11-point underdogs just two days before kickoff.

Michigan State leads the all-time series 8-3 and is a perfect 6-0 since Rutgers joined the Big Ten. In those six games, the Spartans are 4-2 ATS.

One thing we know for sure is that both teams struggled to move the ball last season. With two new coaching staffs, this might be the case again in Week 1. The total in this game is set at 44.5. This is an extremely low number for a college football game but it is something to take a look at in this particular matchup.

Previously, the under has cashed in six of the last seven meetings between Rutgers and Michigan State. The under is also 11-4 in Rutgers’ last 15 conference games and 12-4 in Michigan State’s last 16 conference games. The Scarlet Knights averaged just 13.2 points per game last season.

The last time Rutgers defeated Michigan State, it was back in 2004 with Schiano on the sideline. This might be a road game but with a new head coach and quarterback, there could be some growing pains in East Lansing. This is not to say that Rutgers is going to pull off the upset but as the line continues to grow, the Scarlet Knights become more attractive as a betting option.

If there is ever a time to take Rutgers, this is the spot. Plus, it’s Week 1 of the Big Ten season. It’s a good time to get a little crazy.

For a season preview on Michigan State, click here. For all of our season preview coverage for Rutgers, click here.