Rutgers vs. Liberty - 10/26/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Liberty Flames (5-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-6)
College Football: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +7 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Liberty Flames and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.
The Liberty Flames look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Liberty Flames have lost five of their last six road games. Stephen Calvert is completing 6.12 percent of his passes for 1,920 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Calvert has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last seven games. Antonio Gandy-Golden and DJ Stubbs have combined for 1,136 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kevin Shaa has 19 receptions. The Liberty Flames ground game is averaging 132.4 yards per contest, and Frankie Hickson leads the way with 418 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Liberty is allowing 24.3 points and 438.4 yards per game. Solomon Ajayi leads the Liberty Flames with 50 tackles, Jessie Lemonier has 6.5 sacks and Bejour Wilson has two interceptions.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a victory here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost their last three 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 561 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Washington has eight receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 110.2 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 434 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 36.9 points and 449.1 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 66 tackles, Elorm Lumor has one sack and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.
The Flames are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games, 19-8 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games and 2-5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October, 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 9-4 in Scarlet Knights last 13 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Flames last 5 games overall.
The Liberty Flames are 2-2 ATS as road favorites since making the move to the FBS ranks. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have split their last 16 games ATS as a home underdog. The Liberty Flames enter this game feeling good about themselves after five straight victories, and they have an offense that's lighting it up right now, scoring 35 or more points in three of their last five games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights won't win a single game for the rest of the year if they can't win this one, but they've done nothing to give us confidence here either, as they're averaging just 3.5 points in their last four games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights probably have the deeper roster from top to bottom, but backing them is out of the question in their current form. It's the Liberty Flames or pass.