The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-6) face off against the Miami Hurricanes (7-5) on Thursday, December 28th. This game will be played at Yankee Stadium in Bronx and televised on ESPN. Miami is coming off a win in their previous game, while Rutgers is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Maryland. Kickoff is set for 2:15 ET.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Miami Hurricanes
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Rutgers is coming off a tough 42-24 loss to Maryland. The Scarlet Knights couldn’t hold on after a strong first-half, going into halftime with a 17-10 lead. Rutgers was outscored by 25 in the second half. During the loss against Maryland, quarterback Gavin Wimsatt managed to score two rushing touchdowns while gaining 48 rushing yards. In the passing department, he had a completion rate of 38.2% and threw for 165 yards, resulting in a passer rating of 51.72.
Not only did Rutgers lose straight-up in this matchup, but they also lost vs. the spread as 2.5-point underdogs. Combining for 66 points, the teams exceeded the line of 45.5 points.
With a 6-6 record, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on Miami. Their road record so far is (1-3) and at home (4-2).
Rutgers has gone into five games as the favorite this season and five games as the underdog. Their ATS record is currently 4-4-2. This season, Rutgers has an over/under record of 5-5. Their games have, on average, produced a combined total of 43.6 points, with the typical over/under line being 40 points.
The Miami Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win
Miami is coming off a 45-20 win over the Boston College. The Hurricanes benefited from a strong first-half, going into halftime with a 28-7 lead. In the win to Boston College, quarterback Tyler Van Dyke concluded with a QB rating of 107.41 while connecting on 23 of 36 passes for 290 yards. Moreover, he contributed two touchdowns to the game.
Heading into the game Miami was the betting favorite at 10 and picked up an ATS win. Together, the teams scored 65 points, resulting in a hit for the over.
This season, the Miami Hurricanes are currently 7-5. So far this season, they have played five road games and four at home.
Against the spread, Miami has gone 5-4 this season. The Hurricanes have been favored five times compared to three games as the underdog. Over the course of 12 games, the average over/under line in Miami’s matchups has been 49.1 points. These games have had an average combined score of 54.2 points, leading to an OU record of 5-4.
Rutgers Offense Breakdown
The Scarlet Knights’ offense is set to face Miami while averaging 170.9 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt. In the national rankings, they currently stand at 58th for rushing yards and 125th for passing yards, with an average of 142 yards per matchup. Overall, Rutgers is putting up 22.6 points per game, which is 82nd nationally.
Gavin Wimsatt leads the team in passing, accumulating 1651 passing yards. Additionally, he’s showcased his versatility by ranking 2nd in rushing yards for the team. This season, he’s rushed 122 times for 488 yards, and has a passing completion percentage of 47.8%.
Miami Offense Breakdown
Miami’s offense has put up an average of 32.1 points per game, placing them 36th in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they’ve gained 264.4 passing yards on average, ranking 39th in the nation. On the ground, they’re holding the 47th position in rushing yards, with 405 rushing attempts per game this season.
Tyler Van Dyke, the team’s top passer, has thrown for 2703 yards with a completion rate of 65.8%. His current average yards per pass attempt is 8.1.
Rutgers Team Defense
The Scarlet Knights defense faces off against Miami with 20 sacks and are 1st in QB hurries. When it comes to points allowed, they’re giving up 21 points per game which is 72nd in the nation. Against the pass, they’re 28th in the NCAA, allowing 175.9 passing yards per game. Rutgers’ run defense is yielding 138.6 rushing yards per contest.
Miami Team Defense
The Miami defense holds the 80th position in points allowed, allowing 22.1 points per game. Teams have an average of 227 passing yards per game against them (97th nationally). In terms of rushing, they’ve given up 97.3 rushing yards, placing them 16th in college football.
Rutgers vs Miami Trends
- On the road, Rutgers has gone 1-2 vs. the spread.
- Miami’s ATS record at home (last three) is 2-1.
- Hurricanes is 3-2 in their last five games as underdogs.
- Over their last three games as the betting favorite, Rutgers has an ATS record of 2-1.
So far, turnovers have been a problem in the passing game for Miami. Coming in as the away underdogs, I like Rutgers to cover the spread at +1.
Miami has an average margin vs. the over/under of +3.2 this season. With the over/under set at 41.5, we anticipate this game to exceed expectations, ending with a combined total of 43 points.
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