The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Northwestern Wildcats will face off in a Big Ten battle at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday at Ryan Field. The Wildcats are 2-3 overall and 2-1 at home, while Rutgers is 3-3 overall and 1-1 on the road. These teams have played once before since Rutgers joined the Big Ten and the Wildcats prevailed in that 2018 matchup.
The Scarlet Knights are favored by two points in the latest Rutgers vs. Northwestern odds, and the over-under is set at 45. Before entering any Northwestern vs. Rutgers picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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- Northwestern vs. Rutgers spread: Rutgers -2
- Northwestern vs. Rutgers: over-under: 45 points
What you need to know about Rutgers
For the Scarlet Knights, 13 has been an unlucky number as the team has scored exactly 13 points in its last three games -- all losses. They eclipsed 13 points in each of their first three contests and those were all wins. Rutgers will get a slight reprieve in facing the unranked Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday as its previous three opponents were all ranked in the top 20.
As such, Rutgers has the third hardest strength of schedule in all of FBS. While Greg Schiano's unit on offense has struggled to find the endzone, the Scarlet Knights' defense has been stout. Rutgers has allowed 20 or fewer points in four games this season and gone 3-1 in those contests.
What you need to know about Northwestern
The Wildcats have alternated losses and wins this season and most of the games haven't even been close. Only one of their five games has been decided by fewer than 17 points as Northwestern has won big and lost big. It is coming off a 49-point loss to Nebraska, so the Northwestern faithful are hoping the trend of alternating results continues on Saturday.
Northwestern's offense revolves around RB Evan Hull, who has 509 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He ranks second in the Big Ten with 7.3 yards per attempt and is sixth with 571 yards from scrimmage. As he goes, the team goes as Hull averages 171 rushing yards in Northwestern's wins and 56 yards in its losses.
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