Rutgers vs. Minnesota - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-5)
College Football: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +28 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to improve to 7-0 on the season to remain in the Big Ten title conversation. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost four of their last seven road games. Tanner Morgan is completing 69.4 percent of his passes for 1,378 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Morgan has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson have combined for 992 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has 12 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 186.1 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 675 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.8 points and 311.8 yards per game. Kamal Martin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 41 tackles, Sam Renner has three sacks and Antoine Winfield Jr. has two interceptions.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a feel good victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost eight of their last nine home games. McLane Carter is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Carter and Artur Sitkowski have combined for three touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Raheem Blackshear and Bo Melton have combined for 565 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Washington has six receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 105.1 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 384 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 36 points and 450.2 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 52 tackles, Elorm Lumor has one sack and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.
The Golden Gophers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games overall. The under is 7-3 in Golden Gophers last 10 games overall.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have failed to cover eight of their last 12 games as a double-digit favorite. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have split their last 10 games ATS as a double-digit underdog. The Minnesota Golden Gophers aren't a team I want to make a habit of laying big chalk with, as they usually grind games out and do just enough to win. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are also one of those teams that usually fails to cover in the underdog role and has also scored a combined seven points in their last three games. I don't care what the line is, it's not easy to get behind a team that literally can't score. It's Minnesota or pass for me.