Week Eleven Picks, Predictions and Preview: Michigan at Rutgers

Week Eleven Picks, Predictions and Preview: Michigan at Rutgers

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Week Eleven Picks, Predictions and Preview: Michigan at Rutgers

The Revenge Tour will take a hiatus, but Michigan football won’t, traveling to Piscataway (NJ) to take on a one-win Rutgers team this Saturday.

Since joining the Big Ten in 2014, Rutgers won the first game at HighPoint Solutions Stadium, but since, it hasn’t been close — or pretty — between the Wolverines and Scarlet Knights. The last time Michigan fielded a College Football Playoff contender, the maize and blue marched into New Jersey and left with a 78-0 drubbing.

This year’s team could be better and Rutgers might be worse. What will happen this game?

College Football News’ Pete Fiutak and WolverinesWire’s Evan Petzold, Brandon Knapp and Isaiah Hole share their Vegas-style predictions for the game on Saturday as well as their final overview and score predictions for Michigan at Rutgers.

Pickers:

@PeteFiutak, College Football News
@EvanPetzold, WolverinesWire
@bknappblogs, WolverinesWire
@IsaiahHole, WolverinesWire

Vegas-style picks

pick against the spread (Michigan -39.5)

Pete Fiutak: RUTGERS
Evan Petzold: MICHIGAN
Brandon Knapp: MICHIGAN
Isaiah Hole: MICHIGAN

Your pick for the over/under (48)

Pete Fiutak: OVER
Evan Petzold: OVER
Brandon Knapp: OVER
Isaiah Hole: OVER

Over/under Michigan rushing yards (275)

Pete Fiutak: UNDER
Evan Petzold: OVER
Brandon Knapp: OVER
Isaiah Hole: OVER

Over/under Michigan passing yards (300)

Pete Fiutak: UNDER
Evan Petzold: UNDER
Brandon Knapp: OVER
Isaiah Hole: UNDER

Over/under RUTGERS PASSING yards (100)

Pete Fiutak: OVER
Evan Petzold: UNDER
Brandon Knapp: UNDER
Isaiah Hole: UNDER

Over/under RUTGERs RUsHING yards (75)

Pete Fiutak: UNDER
Evan Petzold: UNDER
Brandon Knapp: UNDER
Isaiah Hole: UNDER

Over/under Rutgers total offensive yards (100)

Pete Fiutak: OVER
Evan Petzold: UNDER
Brandon Knapp: PUSH
Isaiah Hole: UNDER

Over/under Joe Milton snaps (3)

Pete Fiutak: OVER
Evan Petzold: OVER
Brandon Knapp: UNDER
Isaiah Hole: OVER

Over/under Michigan defensive snaps (43.5)

Pete Fiutak: OVER
Evan Petzold: UNDER
Brandon Knapp: UNDER
Isaiah Hole: OVER

Over/under Michigan time of possession (40 min)

Pete Fiutak: UNDER
Evan Petzold: OVER
Brandon Knapp: OVER
Isaiah Hole: UNDER

Over/under Michigan punts (3)

Pete Fiutak: OVER
Evan Petzold: PUSH
Brandon Knapp: UNDER
Isaiah Hole: UNDER

Over/under Rutgers first downs (5)

Pete Fiutak: OVER
Evan Petzold: UNDER
Brandon Knapp: UNDER
Isaiah Hole: UNDER

Predictions

PETE FIUTAK

Overview: It’s not going to be THAT miserable. The Wolverines will take care of things fast and coast from there.

Player of the game for Michigan: Shea Patterson
Two bold predictions:
1. Rutgers will score just enough late to cover.
2. Michigan will be up 24-0 by the end of 1.
Final score prediction: Michigan 48 – Rutgers 10

Evan Petzold

Overview: There really isn’t much to say. Michigan’s game against Rutgers isn’t going to be close, as the Wolverines will pull away early and often. I expect Shea Patterson to take a seat at halftime, handing the ball over to backup quarterback Joe Milton. The contest, even though it’ll be out of hand, will give Milton a chance to prove his potential for the future.

Tarik Black, my player of the game prediction, will make his return to the end zone with two touchdowns and over 135 yards for Michigan. As for defensive coordinator Don Brown’s group, it will be over by first quarter. I don’t expect Rutgers to gain any offensive traction against the Wolverines. Mark it up as a serious blowout.

Player of the game for Michigan: Karan Higdon
Two bold predictions:
1. Joe Milton leads Michigan in passing yards.
2. Rutgers misses two field goals.
Final score prediction: Michigan 59 – Rutgers 3

Brandon Knapp

Overview:Member 2016? I member 2016, but 2018 is worse. Michigan’s defense is actually better now then it was back then, and the offense is starting to click at the best time of the season. Tarik Black will get more playing time and finally score a touchdown. Michigan makes Rutgers look like a high school football team.

Player of the game for Michigan: Tarik Black
Two bold predictions:
1. Brandon Peters has more passing yards than Shea Patterson.
2. Michigan gets two defensive touchdowns.
Final score prediction: Michigan 80 – Rutgers 0

Isaiah Hole

Overview: Just when it looked like Rutgers would start getting to be a little more competitive and turn that corner, the Scarlet Knights take a massive step backwards.

Going into the season, I had RU taking a big step forward, winning five games, and being just shy of bowl eligibility. Wow, was I wrong. After winning the first game of the season, there’s a strong likelihood that Rutgers won’t win another game this season – and it certainly won’t on Saturday, barring the biggest upset in the history of college football.

In 2016, Michigan rolled into Piscataway in October as College Football Playoff contenders against a bottom-feeder that was hosting its biggest recruiting weekend of the year. This year, this Michigan team is better than 2016 and this Rutgers team is arguably worse. The Wolverines come in with the nation’s top defense and an attitude problem – the Scarlet Knights are one of the worst offensive teams in the country, and have nothing going for them save for a good pass defense and kick/punt units.

Expect Michigan to tinker a little bit to get some things going, but do everything in its power to finish early and get the starters out by halftime. If this isn’t a bloodbath, something went horribly, horribly wrong.

Michigan will air it out a little early just to get it out of its system, but then will keep it on the ground for the rest of the game. It should pretty much follow the same script as 2016 in that Rutgers won’t be able to stop it.

Michigan’s defense will be on the field a little more this game, by virtue of the offense scoring so quickly – like it or not. Drives that otherwise would be long end up finishing in a hurry, as the Wolverines score and score again, with only two field goal attempts (made) – more so due to tinkering that doesn’t work rather than Rutgers stopping the Michigan offense.

Nothing really more to say here.

Player of the game for Michigan: Chris Evans
Three bold predictions:
1. Michigan never punts
2. Rutgers gets a first down early, but not another one until the fourth quarter
3. Michigan holds Rutgers to less than 50 yards of offense
Final score prediction: Michigan 69 – Rutgers 0

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