Rutgers Scarlett Knights (1-1) vs Kansas Jayhawks (1-1)Date : 09/15/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas
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Rutgers Scarlett Knights vs Kansas Jayhawks
The Rutgers Scarlett Knights will visit David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium for a week 2 showdown with the Jayhawks of Kansas on Saturday beginning at noon. The Jayhawks will pick up their first win of the season on the road versus Central Michigan last Saturday as they would get the 31-7 win. They would cover the spread as underdogs (+3) while the under was the play with the total being set at 48 points for the game. Rutgers had a rough go of it versus the Ohio State Buckeyes in Big Ten action as they would fall 52-3 as the Buckeyes would cover the spread (-35) while the under was the play with the total being set at 58.5 points. The last time these two squads met was on 9-26-2015 when the Scarlett Knight would get the 27-14 home win while covering the spread as 13.5-point home dogs while the under was the result with the total being set at 62.5 points for the game. Expect both teams to get after it on Saturday in which to go above .500 for the season.
Rutgers Scarlett Knights's Latest Performance :
The Scarlett Knights would only have 134 yards total against the 4th ranked Buckeyes on the road last Saturday. Autur Sitkowski would have only 38 yards with an INT on 6 for 18 passing while Raheem Blackshear would lead the rushing attack with 31 yards on 9 carries in the loss. The receiving corps was led by Travis Vokolek (1 rec, 13 yds) along with Raheem Blackshear who would have 3 catches for 12 yards. The offense would hold the ball for 28:33 minutes while going 4 for 15 on 3rd down conversions. The defense would be gashed by OSU as they would give up a total of 579 total yards while allowing a 64% conversion rate on 3rd down (9 of 14). Trevor Morris would have 10 stops on the day with a sack while Saquan Hampton would have 7 tackles in the blowout loss.
Kansas Jayhawks 's Latest Performance :
The Jayhawks would outscore the Chippewas of Central Michigan 24-7 in the second half en route to a huge victory last Saturday as the offense would collect a total of 316 yards. The rushing attack was their bread and butter as they would rush for 216 yards as Pooka Williams Jr would have 125 yards and 2 TD’s on 14 rushes. Peyton Bender would go 17 for 26 passing for 130 yards and a score for Kansas while his targets were Kerr Johnson Jr (4 rec, 68 yds, TD) and Steven Sims Jr (4 rec, 30 yds). The offense would hold the ball for 36:16 minutes while going 5 for 16 on 3rd down conversions. The defense for Kansas would hold the offense for CMU to 103 rushing yards and 177 yards in the air along with allowing them to convert 2 for 12 3rd down conversions as Joe Deneen Jr would have 8 tackles and 6 assists with an INT in the win. Keith Loneker Jr would have 5 stops and 4 assists on the day while Ricky Thomas would have 4 tackles with an interception for the Jayhawks.
How Rutgers Scarlett Knights & Kansas Jayhawks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Kansas is 1-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-2
Rutgers is 1-1 AS while the O/U is 0-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Rutgers will certainly want to get the taste out of their mouths from a devastating outing versus Ohio State last week while Kansas would love to add to the momentum gained in the second half in their win versus CMU. There will also be a sense of payback in the air from the Jayhawks last loss to Rutgers in 2015 as well, so, expect this to be a very competitive game. Kansas will look to pick up where they left off against the Chippewas by dominating the line of scrimmage while Rutgers will look to gain some type of advantage on the offensive and defensive ends as they were whipped in their last outing in these areas.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -3
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Jayhawks in this matchup in that they exhibited a solid running game against Central Michigan in their last win and will look to resume their dominance against a Rutgers team that was blasted on the ground by a very good OSU attack. Nonetheless, Rutgers’ inability to stop the run will serve the Jayhawks well in this matchup as they will utilize this area of the offense to set up their passing game as they certainly have some playmakers in Johnson and Sims on the outside that can exploit the Rutgers D. In all, Kansas should really play well in this matchup against visiting Rutgers as they will ultimately sneak by the Scarlett Knights while also getting payback for their loss in their last meeting along with going above .500 for the season.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 44.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will go with the under in this matchup in that while both teams have potentially dangerous playmakers, getting the ball to those individuals remain the issue. Kansas will rely on its running game in this contest and will likely utilize Johnson and Sims at some point early on; However, the QB play for Rutgers has not looked good at all. Furthermore, their outing against OSU could very well damage their psyche as they prepare to go on the road, once again, to battle a team with tons of momentum from a huge win. In all, the Jayhawks will pound the ball in this matchup as the under will remain below the set total.
Betting trends for Rutgers Scarlett Knights:
- Under is 5-0 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- Over is 5-1 in Scarlet Knights last 6 games following a straight up loss
- Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Betting trends for Kansas Jayhawks :
- Under is 4-0 in Jayhawks last 4 home games
- Jayhawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
- Jayhawks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game