Indiana vs. Rutgers fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: HighPoint.com Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
Indiana (3-1) vs. Rutgers (1-3) Game Preview
One Reason Why Indiana Will Win
The Rutgers passing game just isn’t working.
After a nice start against Texas State, the Scarlet Knight quarterbacks have combined to complete just 44% of their passes with no touchdowns, five interceptions, and absolutely nothing happening down the field.
The IU run defense hasn’t been anything great, but the secondary has held up so far, allowing just five touchdown passes and four picks. Michigan State was able to throw for over 200 yards last week in its win, but even then, IU’s pass defense was okay.
Rutgers might have been able to explain away the rough start to all of the turnovers, and then last week it went +2 against Buffalo …. and lost 42-13. The Scarlet Knights have been outscored in their last three games by a combined score of 149 to 30.
One Reason Why Rutgers Will Win
So what is Rutgers doing right?
The offensive line hasn’t been all that bad in pass protection, and the running game has had its moments.
Raheem Blackshear had a good game against Kansas, and he’s averaging close to five yards per carry when the O is in a position to push the ground game. Boston College transfer Jonathan Hilliman hasn’t done anything big, but he’s been a plus.
Indiana’s offense has been fine, but the passing game doesn’t push the ball down the field enough. This isn’t the type of attack that will go off and put the game too far out of reach for the Scarlet Knights to be wiped out.
What’s Going To Happen
Rutgers hasn’t been even close over the last three weeks, mainly because the offense just can’t find anything to consistently work. With no passing attack, the ground game isn’t able to pick up the slack.
Indiana will score on its first two drives, and Rutgers won’t be able to get the passing game going – again. It’s not going to be a totally awful blowout, but it’ll be another loss that the Scarlet Knights can’t afford.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Indiana 34, Rutgers 16
Line: Indiana -17.5, o/u: 52
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 2
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