After winning just three games in the final two years with Chris Ash in charge, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have won three games already in 2020 in their first year in Greg Schiano's second stint as the program's head coach. On Friday, they'll have a chance to finish the season on a high note by getting to 4-5 overall as they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 7:30 p.m. ET at SHI Stadium. Nebraska is a disappointing 2-5 but Scott Frost has already said that he'd be open to playing a bowl game if the Cornhuskers can finish the regular season with a win.
With one program on the upswing and the other on an apparent downswing, the two teams should catch each other somewhere in the middle on Friday which is good news after Nebraska won each of the first three head-to-head matchups since the two schools joined the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers are favored by 6.5-points on the road and the over-under is listed at 52.5 in the latest Nebraska vs. Rutgers odds. Before you make your Rutgers vs. Nebraska picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Nebraska vs. Rutgers spread: Nebraska -6.5
- Nebraska vs. Rutgers over-under: 52.5 points
- Nebraska vs. Rutgers money line: Nebraska -240, Rutgers +185
- NEB: The Cornhuskers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five Friday games
- RUT: The Scarlet Knights are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine conference games
Why Nebraska can cover
The Cornhuskers enter Friday with a 4-0 record all-time against Rutgers and after signing a top 25 recruiting class according to 247Sports, Nebraska would love to build a little momentum at the tail end of Frost's third season at the helm. The Nebraska defense has limited opponents to less than 400 yards in each of its last three games and Rutgers is struggling to throw the football entering Friday's matchup.
The Scarlet Knights are averaging just 3.7 yards per pass attempt in the last two games and that inability to attack down the field should allow Nebraska to walk extra defenders into the box to load up against the running game. Meanwhile, QB Adrian Martinez has played much better football down the stretch. In his last three games, Martinez is 57-of-77 for 527 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and he's also rushed for 169 yards and four scores during that span.
Why Rutgers can cover
Rutgers is coming off a thrilling overtime win over Maryland on Saturday where it pressured the Terrapins relentlessly. The Scarlet Knights had seven total sacks in the victory and Mike Tverdov recorded three sacks in the win. The pressure helped them run Maryland starter Lance Legendre from the game as he threw a pair of early interceptions.
Offensively, Rutgers didn't turn in a dominant performance with just 375 yards of total offense but the Scarlet Knights did an effective job getting the ball to their best players when it mattered. Isaih Pacheco rushed 18 times for 79 yard and added five catches for 40 yards and a score, while Bo Melton had two carries for 62 yards and two scores while also catching five passes for 45 yards. The Rutgers offense has averaged just 3.7 yards per pass attempt the last two games, so look for the Scarlet Knights to continue trying to find innovative ways to get the ball to Pacheco and Melton.
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