Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Head Coach Kyle Flood enters his fourth season on the sidelines at the Institute with a 23-16 record. Rutgers went 8-5 last season, 3-5 in the Big-Ten Conference. The Scarlet Knights beat North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl. Rutgers, along with Maryland begins its second full season in the mostly Midwest Conference. Ten starters return on both sides of the football for the Scarlet Knights. Quarterback play will be the key to the team’s success in 2015. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights plays home games at the 52,500 seat High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Five starters return on offense for O-coordinator Ben McDaniels. Chris Laviano and Hayden Retting will compete for the starting quarterback job in fall camp. The signal caller will get help from reliable wideout Leonte Carroo (1,086) receiving yards last season. Ruhann Peele will compliment Carroo on the opposite side of the field. There are also other options in the passing game. Running Backs Robert Martin and Josh Hicks will propel the rushing attack and both can gain yards on their own. The Rutgers offensive line will get better as the season progresses. The Scarlet Knights offense is going to start off conservative. The coaching staff will open it up as the quarterback gets more comfortable in the offense. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights went 8-5 on Footbal Expert Picks last season, going over the betting odds total seven times, staying under the betting odds total six times.
*The Rutgers offense put up 390.0 yards per game in 2014, 76th nationally.
*The Scarlet Knights were 3-3 Against The Point Spread in Piscataway last season.
*Rutgers went 5-2 ATS on the road.
*The betting odds total went 3-3 on their home field in 2014.
*Rutgers went over the betting odds total four times on the road in 2014.
*The Scarlet Knights stayed under the betting odds total three times on the road.
*The Rutgers passing attack was 69th in the FBS last season, putting up 227.4 yards per contest.
*Rutgers scored 26.7 ppg last season, 83rd in College Football.
*The Rutgers ground game averaged 162.6 yards per contest running the football, 65th in the land.
The interior of the Rutgers defensive line is stout. Tackles Darius Hamilton and Sebastian Joseph are two of the best in the conference. Linebacker Steve Longa is the anchor of a talented group, but the rest of the players are transfers. Freshman cornerback Blessaun Austin will compete for a starting defensive backfield position. The secondary has plenty of young talent. The Rutgers defensive line is undersized by Big-Ten standards. However, they are very active in both the run and passing game.
*The Rutgers defense allowed the opposition 442.8 yards per contest, 100th in College Football.
*The Scarlet Knights pass defense ranked 71st in the land, giving up 230.5 yards per game through the air.
*Rutgers gave up an average of 30.2 ppg, 90th in the FBS.
*The Scarlet Knights run defense ranked 108th nationally. Allowing 212.3 yards per contest on the ground.
*Rutgers will play four of their first five games at home in 2015.
*Rutgers has a tough stretch of games from October 10th through November 14th.
Bovada lists the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at over/under five wins in 2015.
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