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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9/3/23 NCAAF Week 1 Picks, Odds, and Tips

Northwestern Wildcats (1-11 Last Season) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-8 Last Season)

As summer fades into fall, college football season returns, offering promise of exciting matchups and gripping gridiron battles. Sports fans eagerly anticipate this Sunday at 12:00 PM ET when Northwestern Wildcats face Rutgers Scarlet Knights in an eagerly-awaited showdown at SHI Stadium – CBS will broadcast it so fans from around the country will get to witness this momentous battle that celebrates collegiate football’s unique spirit.

Northwestern Wildcats enter this matchup with a 1-11 record and many struggles. Yet despite these hurdles, aspects of their game show promise; Ryan Hilinski has demonstrated his arm strength by amassing 1,644 passing yards at a 55.8% completion rate, while 7 interceptions indicate room for improvement when making decisions under pressure. Cam Porter has been an integral member of the Wildcats running backfield. His 286 rushing yards demonstrate his ability to find gaps in defense, while his average of 3.3 yards per carry suggests more explosiveness is desired. Receivers such as Donny Navarro III have proven reliable targets as he amasses 237 receiving yards at a 7.6 average reception distance – providing potential momentum boosts to their efforts.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights have entered this contest with an underwhelming 4-8 record and hope to turn their fortunes around on the field. Quarterback Evan Simon has been charged with orchestrating their offense, amassing 777 passing yards through his completion rate of 57.7%. At the same time, 6 interceptions demonstrate his effectiveness at dispensing the ball effectively while also underscoring their need for improved decision-making skills. Running back Kyle Monangai has been an impressive force on the ground for the Scarlet Knights, amassing 445 rushing yards. His consistent performances can be seen by his average of 4.1 yards per carry, which showcases his ability to produce positive yardage. Wide receiver Shameen Jones has become an indispensable target with an astounding average of 15.8 yards per reception.


Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Game Info

When: Sunday, September 3, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: SHI Stadium
Stream: SofaScore


Ryan Hilinski QB and Evan Simon QB

Ryan Hilinski has led Northwestern Wildcats’ passing game to amass an impressive 1,644-yard total through the air this season. Hilinski’s ability to generate yardage is evident, yet his completion rate of 55.8% leaves room for improvement in accuracy and timing. With 7 interceptions already under his belt, Hilinski must always remain aware when making decisions under pressure.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Evan Simon has overseen an impressive passing attack of 777 yards thus far this season, boasting an impressive completion rate of 57.7% as evidence of his ability to connect with receivers. At the same time, his six interceptions indicate vulnerabilities that must be managed carefully to maintain game tempo. 


NCAAF Odd/Point Spread: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -240, Total Odds: 38

With Rutgers boasting more favorable recent form and home-field advantage, they appear likelier for victory. Given Northwestern’s struggles and Rutgers’ recent performance trends, they may cover the spread and win by an overwhelming margin; considering both teams’ trends and potential defensive matchups, selecting Under appears compelling.


Northwestern Wildcats Betting Trends 

Northwestern has experienced both struggles and setbacks in its betting trends. Their 6-12 ATS record over their last 18 games indicates an inconsistent approach to covering spreads; their 0-10 SU streak demonstrates difficulties securing wins; playing away from home has proven challenging, with only 11 victories recorded against Big Ten opponents (out of 16 total matches played).


Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Trends

Rutgers has shown promise despite recent challenges, showing an inconsistent record in covering spreads (1-4 ATS record), while their winless run (0-5 SU streak) shows they need improvement at winning games – though playing at home, they’ve managed two victories from their last 10 contests (2-8 SU). But facing Big Ten rivals has presented significant obstacles; their last 10 matchups saw them record an 0-10 SU record against them.


Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9/3/23 Betting Picks

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights : Rutgers Scarlet Knights appear poised to emerge victorious with a predicted score of approximately 24-14 based on in-depth analysis, current odds, and trends. Due to their well-rounded performances and advantageous home conditions, the Scarlet Knights should cover the spread successfully and command this highly anticipated matchup. College football enthusiasts are sure to relish an intense showdown between these rivals.

Free Pick and Prediction: Rutgers Scarlet Knights will win 24-14

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