Rutgers has been flying high all week after picking up a season-opening victory against Michigan State. Now it is time to focus on their next opponent — No. 17 Indiana.
The Hoosiers cracked the top-25 after defeating Penn State in overtime on Saturday. Do you believe in hangover games? BetOnline currently has Indiana as an 11-point favorite this week.
Update: As of Saturday morning, Indiana is now a 13 point favorite.
Indiana leads the all-time series against Rutgers 4-2. Last season, Rutgers was dominated 35-0 on the road against the Hoosiers. the Scarlet Knights last defeated Indiana back on Oct. 17, 2015 by a score of 55-52.
Rutgers has not seen much success in the Big Ten. Their Week 1 victory over Michigan State snapped a 21-game losing streak in conference play. They are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games. On the other hand, Indiana is 5-1 ATS in their last six road games against a team with a winning record. For now, that’s Rutgers.
Indiana’s work on the road has typically came as an underdog. One major stat to keep an eye on is that the Hoosiers are 0-8 ATS in their last eight games as a road favorite. Indiana will enter this game as a ranked team coming off a statement win, but Penn State controlled much of that game and were a kneel down away from victory.
The total in this game is set at 54. Rutgers went way over the number against the Spartans. They won 38-27 and were aided by seven takeaways. This led to short touchdown drives which did not help under bettors one bit. In their last 10 games, Rutgers’ games are 5-5 regarding the total.
Indiana went over against Penn State in Week 1 but it took a game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter and overtime to get there. For the Hoosiers, seven of their last 10 games have gone over.
Regarding the total, it is a flip of the coin but lean towards the over. Rutgers is running a face paced offense under Sean Gleeson. They will not force seven turnovers this week but they should be able to run the ball with Isaih Pacheco in this one.
Spirits are high in New Brunswick. The only thing that would make Saturday better is if there were thousands of fans packed into SHI Stadium cheering for their Scarlet Knights. This will be Greg Schiano’s first home game in his return to Rutgers so the team should come out fired up.
The Scarlet Knights will take a step up in competition this week but you will be rooting for Rutgers so ride them once again with the number. They should be able to keep the game close and hopefully play within single-digits.