3* Big East SMASH on Rutgers +2

3* Big East SMASH on Rutgers +2

Rutgers vs. Pittsburgh, 11/24/2012 12:00 EDT, Score: 6 - 27

Point Spread: +2/-110 Rutgers

Sportsbook: BookMaker

Result: Loss

3* Big East SMASH on Rutgers +2
The Scarlet Knights will be lacking no motivation as they can lock up at least a share of the Big East title with a win. They are 5-0 straight up and against the spread in conference play and have averaged 22.0 points in these games while holding the opposition to only 8.8.

Defense is the strength of the Scarlet Knights. They rank fourth in the country in scoring defense with 12.4 points allowed per game and 14th in total defense with 312.6 yards allowed per contest.

Rutgers has especially been good against the run. It ranks 12th in the nation with 108.0 rushing yards allowed per game and held Cincinnati to only 90 rushing yards in last week’s 10-3 road win. That performance is significant because the Scarlet Knights are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.

Rutgers has been at its best on the road where it is 5-0 this season. It has won these games by an average of 12.6 points. It is 4-0 against the spread in its last four away contests.

The Scarlet Knights have been a phenomenal investment this season. Since dropping their first two against the spread, they have gone 7-1 against the number in their last eight.

It is also worth noting that Rutgers has had the upper hand in the series lately. It has won five of the last seven meetings, including a 34-10 victory in last season’s matchup.

The Scarlet Knights are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games at Pittsburgh.


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