(3-2, 3-2 ATS)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
(2-2, 0-4 ATS)
For two Big East teams that are hoping to go bowling this year, this Friday Night Football betting fight is absolutely imperative. The Connecticut Huskies will hit the road to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, NJ.
With RB Robbie Frey sidelined, the onus for the Huskies offense is on the back of RB Jordan Todman. Many thought that Todman had the ability to be a Heisman Trophy dark horse this year, and though he’ll ultimately probably put up the numbers to be a Heisman finalist, his team’s struggles will surely keep him away from New York. The third year rusher has already toted the rock 98 times for 638 yards and five games this year, and he has seven scores to show for it. HC Randy Edsall has a major quarterback problem, as neither QB Zach Fraser nor QB Cody Endres has proven that they can lead this team to wins. Endres got the nod in last week’s win over the Vanderbilt Commodores, and he is expected to do the same this week. The junior is completing 68.3 percent of his pass attempts for 318 yards with four scores against one pick. He’ll be looking for WR Michael Smith quite a bit. Smith, who has had at least 63 receiving yards in four of his first five games this year, is up to 20 catches for 373 yards in 2010.
HC Greg Schiano really has to coax his team’s ego after last week’s devastating loss as double digit favorites to the Tulane Green Wave at home. The defense hasn’t been the issue this year, as Schiano has his men on this side of the ball hitting and hitting hard. Rutgers ranks No. 8 in the land in rush defense at just 80.0 yards per game, while it is fourth in the nation in scoring at 12.0 points per game. No team has scored more than 17 points against the Scarlet Knights this year. However, with QB Tom Savage nursing sore ribs, this offense has just hit a stand still. RB/WR Mohamed Sanu can do anything that Schiano needs him to do, and he leads the team in both rushing and receiving. Sanu has totaled 490 yards of offense in four games, and he even punted the ball once! RB Joe Martinek has been ineffective, as he only has 176 yards, while RB Jordan Thomas is averaging just 3.3 YPC. The Scarlet Knights only have seven TDs to speak of in four games offensively.
Something tells us that the offensive woes end on Friday night. If Savage is really ready to go, he needs to show the world that he is the future of this program. Sanu will be the best athlete on the field at any given moment, and he has the ability to do something that no one really does for the Huskies: Break the game wide open all by himself. Go with the Scarlet Knights at home under the lights in a modest upset.
Selection: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +6