playMGM LINE: Rutgers -15.5, o/u: 55.5
ATS PICK: Rutgers
Come on, Rutgers, you’re a Big Ten team. Act like it.
Let’s just say UMass is in a transitional phase.
It has a new head head coach in 35-year-old Walt Bell, it has a new starting quarterback, and …
There won’t be any lick of a running game right away, and the defense needs a whole lot of work after giving up 55 points or more six times and allowing 43 points per game.
There’s no pass rush, the linebacking corps is going to be an early problem, and …
Again, Rutgers, Power Five up.
Last year’s Scarlet Knight team had a miserable 1-11 run with an offense that failed to score more than 17 points in any of the last 11 games. But it started out with a 35-7 win over Texas State.
They were horrible in 2017, too, but the steamrolled Morgan State 65-0, hung up 52 on Howard early on in 2016, and scored 37 against New Mexico a week after.
New year, new coach, new team, but UMass lost six games last season by 15 or more – and it wasn’t playing in the Big Ten East.
Rutgers, put the foot down on the gas and crank up as many points as you can. Have a little fun.