The Michigan Wolverines will look to continue their dominance over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights when they meet in a Big Ten Conference East Division game in Piscataway, N.J., on Saturday. The Wolverines (1-3) have won five straight in the series, including a 52-0 win in last year's matchup at Ann Arbor, Mich. The teams are tied for fourth place in the division, along with Michigan State. Michigan is 1-1 on the road this year, while Rutgers is 0-2 at home.
The game from SHI Stadium is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both teams have given up a lot of points this season with Michigan allowing an average of 34.5, while Rutgers is allowing 34.0. The Wolverines are 10.5-point favorites in the latest Michigan vs. Rutgers odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 55. Before making any Rutgers vs. Michigan picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Michigan vs. Rutgers spread: Michigan -10.5
- Michigan vs. Rutgers over-under: 55 points
- Michigan vs. Rutgers money line: Michigan -392, Rutgers +305
- MICH: Brad Robbins leads the Big Ten and is sixth nationally in punting average at 47.2
- RUT: Leads the Big Ten with 32 tackles for loss and is 17th nationally with an eight-per-game average.
Why Michigan can cover
Despite some struggles, the Wolverines have a number of playmakers on defense. Senior defensive back Brad Hawkins leads the team with 31 tackles, including 19 solo. He has also broken up two passes. Two weeks ago at Indiana, he made 12 stops, including nine solo. For his career, Hawkins, a three-time letterwinner, has appeared in 39 games with 14 starts at free safety and 17 games where he played just special teams. He has made 110 tackles, including 65 solo. He has also broken up four passes.
Also making plays for Michigan is senior linebacker Josh Ross, who is second with 30 tackles, including 15 solo. He also has one interception returned 18 yards. His best game so far was in the opener at Minnesota, when he made nine tackles, including six solo. He also had eight stops against Wisconsin last week. In his three-plus seasons at Michigan, he has registered 107 tackles, including 54 solo, with two pass breakups, one sack and one interception.
Why Rutgers can cover
The Scarlet Knights have improved greatly since last season. Senior quarterback Noah Vedral is the team's top passer and second-leading rusher. He has completed 82 of 130 passes (63.1 percent) for 723 yards and five touchdowns. He has thrown seven interceptions, but has a rating of 111.7. Vedral has also carried 36 times for 77 yards (2.1 average) and one TD, including a long run of 24 yards.
Junior running back Isaih Pacheco leads the Scarlet Knights in rushing with 286 yards on 55 attempts (5.2 average) and two TDs. He has also caught 12 passes for 79 yards (6.6 average), including a long of 16 yards. Last week against Illinois, he ran wild, carrying 20 times for a season-high 133 yards (6.7 average), including a long of 32 yards. For his career, he has carried 335 times for 1,566 yards (4.7 average) and 12 touchdowns. He also has 27 receptions for 173 yards (6.4 average).
How to make Michigan vs. Rutgers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says Michigan backs will be held to under 150 yards rushing and one touchdown, while Vedral will throw for less than 130 yards and one score. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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