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Eagles vs Scarlet Knights Game Preview

Eastern Michigan EaglesRutgers Scarlet Knights
Sep 14, 1:00 PM | Turf of High Point Solutions Stadium

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds


Rutgers looks to cover the Scarlet Knights-Eagles point spread this week and improve its overall 1-1 mark when they host Eastern Michigan in Week 3 action.

They will face the 1-1 Eagles, who own a 0-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Scarlet Knights are 1-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Eagles are 2-0 favoring the OVER.

View Eastern Michigan vs Rutgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The visitors opened as 29-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 10-rated Scarlet Knights and the No. 78-ranked Eagles, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 50-17 result in favor of the Scarlet Knights.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Rutgers's No. 26-ranked offense (44.5 PPG) against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 96 at 34.5 PPG. The Scarlet Knights passing attack has averaged 249 yards per game, less than the Eagles give up through the air (252.5 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Eagles feature the league's No. 59-rated road run defense, allowing 251 yards per game. Rutgers, meanwhile, ranks No. 24 in rushing offense at home.

Eastern Michigan lost its last outing, a 45-7 result against Penn State on September 7. Eastern Michigan failed to cover in that game as a 28-point underdog, while the 52 combined points took the game OVER the total. Eastern Michigan was hammered in its last outing, as Penn State ran up a 45-7 score against them at Beaver Stadium.

Rutgers was a 38-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against Norfolk St. They failed to cover the 40.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (38) made winners of UNDER bettors. Paul James ran through the Norfolk St defense for 119 yards in Rutgers's last game, handing the Spartans a 38-0 setback on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Eastern Michigan Eagles Trends:
When playing in September are 2-8
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 1-9
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

A few Eagles at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Eastern Michigan's last 10 games
Eastern Michigan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Eastern Michigan is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
Eastern Michigan is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rutgers's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rutgers's last 6 games at home
Rutgers is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
Rutgers is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games

Next up:
Eastern Michigan home to Ball State, Saturday, September 21
Rutgers home to Arkansas, Saturday, September 21