4 Michigan Wolverines (-30) @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Michigan might be the best team in the nation. They’re coming off an impressive 14-7 win over Wisconsin and scored at least 45 points in each of their first four games, which included a 45-28 win over now-21st ranked Colorado. Not to mention that Colorado is the only team to top 20 points against them this season, and Jabrill Peppers is just a small part of a defense that ranks seventh in the nation in points allowed per game.
On the other side of the ball, Rutgers has been a complete mess. They’re 2-3 and have already been blown out by two ranked teams this season — Washington and Ohio State. The Scarlet Knights were outscored 106-13 against Washington and Ohio State, including a 58-0 victory for Ohio State last week.
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It was Rutgers first game without senior receiver Janarion Grant, who will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious ankle injury against Iowa. Rutgers didn’t have a great offense to begin with, however are even worse on that side of the ball now and only mustered a brutal 116 yards against the Buckeyes.
Michigan has only allowed 3.3 yards per carry and will hone in on running back Robert Martin. This game might be in New Jersey, however a 30-point spread still seems a little low after seeing how Chris Laviano threw the ball against Ohio State.
There’s no reason to believe Rutgers defense can stop Michigan after allowing Ohio State to score 58 points and rack up 669 yards. Plus, they face a tougher defense this week, which means they might not top the zero points they scored a week ago. This game will get ugly quick.
Prediction: Michigan 45 Rutgers 3