Fresno State at Rutgers
Monday, 4:00 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Rutgers – 5.5 , Total 62
Fresno State always wants to play a tough schedule and this year is no exception as they start the 2008 season on Monday at Rutgers against the Scarlet Knights. Last year Fresno had a difficult non-conference schedule as they lost to Oregon in a blowout and in three overtimes to Texas A&M. The Bulldogs still finished 9-4 and won their bowl game. SBG Global reports that early NCAA Football betting has the public taking Fresno State on the Road.
Fresno is led by quarterback Tom Brandstater who threw 15 touchdown passes a year ago and completed almost 63% of this passes. Tight end Bear Pascoe returns in addition to running backs Ryan Matthews and Lonyae Miller. The defense loses some talent upfront but the secondary looks strong.
SBG Global Current Line: Rutgers – 4 , Total 58
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano had done an excellent job with the Scarlet Knights and they are a contender again in the Big East this season. Rutgers did slip to 8-5 last season after going 11-2 the previous year. The offense was great last season for the Scarlet Knights as they scored over 300 points during the season. A big part of that success was running back Ray Rice and he is now in the NFL. Redshirt sophomore Kordell Young will be asked to pick up the slack and quarterback Mike Teel will have to do more.
He has receivers Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt returning. The defense for Rutgers last year was excellent, ranking 17th in the country. Those numbers are likely to slip as Rutgers lost a lot of defensive talent in the off-season, although defensive back Courtney Greene does return.
Here is a look at the NCAA Football betting stats for Monday’s game. This is the first-ever meeting between the teams and just the third time the Scarlet Knights have faced a team from the WAC. They were 1-1 against Hawaii in the past. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bulldogs are 8-19 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Bulldogs are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games on grass. The Bulldogs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
The Scarlet Knights are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games. The Scarlet Knights are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.
The Over is 4-0 in the Bulldogs last 4 non-conference games. The Over is 5-2 in the Bulldogs last 7 road games. The Over is 14-6 in the Bulldogs last 20 games in September. The Over is 8-3-1 in the Scarlet Knights last 12 games on grass. The Over is 7-3-1 in the Scarlet Knights last 11 home games. The Over is 11-5-1 in the Scarlet Knights last 17 games overall.
Pick Fresno St +3.5 2units