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College Football Betting Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

September 23, 2023


The 3-0 Rutgers Scarlet Knights travel to take on the #2-ranked Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. 

Rutgers enters this game with a record of 3-0 following wins at home against the Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 24-7, the Temple Owls by a score of 36-7, and the Virginia Tech Hokies by a score of 35-16 while the Michigan Wolverines enter this game with a record of 3-0 following wins at home against the East Carolina Pirates by a score of 30-3, the UNLV Rebels by a score of 35-7, and the Bowling Green Falcons by a score of 31-6. Which team will remain undefeated with a win in this matchup on Saturday afternoon? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights enter this game with a record of 3-0 following a 35-16 win at home against the Virginia Tech Hokies while covering the 6.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. Rutgers scored 35 points while compiling 302 total yards offensively which included 46 passing yards and 256 rushing yards while allowing 16 points and 319 total yards defensively which included 190 passing yards and 129 rushing yards. Gavin Wimsatt led the team in passing, completing 7 of 16 attempts for 46 yards and a touchdown while adding 87 rushing yards and a touchdown. Kyle Monangai led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 143 yards and three touchdowns while adding a reception for three yards. Christian Dremel led the team in receiving, catching three of five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown.

Michigan enters this game ranked 2nd in the AP Poll and 2nd in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 31-6 win at home against the Bowling Green Falcons by a score of 31-6. The Wolverines scored 31 points while compiling 312 total yards offensively which included 143 passing yards and 169 rushing yards while allowing 6 points and 205 total yards defensively which included 124 passing yards and 81 rushing yards. J.J. McCarthy led the team in passing, completing 8 of 13 attempts for 143 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Blake Corum led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Cornelius Johnson led the team in receiving, catching three of four targets for 71 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the Michigan Wolverines listed as 24-point favorites at home against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. Michigan has won eight of the nine games all-time including the previous eight matchups in a row while going 5-4 ATS all-time in the series while the Scarlet Knights are 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. Rutgers is 3-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS in conference games while the Michigan Wolverines are 0-3 ATS overall, 0-3 ATS at home, and 0-3 ATS as a favorite this season.

Michigan is the more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning eight of the nine games all-time. However, Rutgers has been the better team at covering the spread most recently in the series going 2-1 ATS in the last three and this season going 3-0 ATS overall while the Wolverines are 0-3 ATS overall. As a result, I am taking the Rutgers Scarlet Knights +24 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +24