FOOTBALL | NCAAF

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick & Prediction OCT 16TH 2021

Complete Ryan Field Evanston
151Scarlet Knights Rutgers
152Wildcats Northwestern
OP
0
46.5
CU
46o -110
ML
ML: -131
ML: 111
Partials
1 2 4
0 7 0 0
7 7 0 7
Score
7
21

Rutgers and Northwestern sit at the bottom of their divisions in the Big Ten Conference and are coming off humbling performances.

Both teams will seek redemption Saturday afternoon when Rutgers heads to Evanston, Ill., for a meeting with Northwestern.

Rutgers (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) is last in the East Division and has been outscored 103-39 in losses to now.-No. 10 Michigan State, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan.

The Scarlet Knights suffered a 20-13 loss at Michigan on Sept. 25 but followed that with nightmarish showings at home by dropping a 52-13 decision to Ohio State and a 31-13 setback to Michigan State.

#1 NCAAF
William Taylor
WIN 6, LOSE 4, PUSH 0
+ $150 | NCAAF TOTAL
Follow him and more than 20 experts from $29.99 per month
JOIN NOW

Against Michigan State, Rutgers struggled to defend big plays. It allowed a pair of 63-yard touchdown receptions, a 65-yard TD catch and a 94-yard TD run as part of a day when it allowed 251 rushing yards and 591 total yards.

"I look at this game; we gave up big plays," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "We gave up four big plays. We haven't done that. We haven't given up big plays. You give up big plays, it's going to be hard to do anything, right? You're behind the 8-ball."

Rutgers lost while playing shorthanded. Leading receiver Bo Melton did not play due to a shoulder injury, and Aron Cruickshank, whose 244 receiving yards are second on the team, exited in the second half with a shoulder injury.

Northwestern (2-3, 0-2) is last in the West Division and is coming off a bye-week hiatus, leaving plenty of time to stew over a 56-7 loss at Nebraska on Oct. 2.

The Wildcats also struggled to contain the big play and wound up with their second-largest margin of defeat under coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Northwestern has been outscored 94-28 in two conference games. After allowing 427 rushing yards and 28 first downs at Nebraska, the Wildcats are allowing a league-worst 234.2 rushing yards, well ahead of the second-worst average (Illinois at 163.1).

"Number one, we have to look at what we are doing fundamentally. To me, that's how you win games consistently," Fitzgerald said after his team allowed 657 total yards against Nebraska. "Block destruction, fitting gaps right, having the right communication to make sure we are all on the same page in the right spot at the right time, and just winning on plays."

Saturday will be the fifth all-time meeting between the schools and the second in conference play. Rutgers won the first three matchups before Northwestern posted an 18-15 victory in Piscataway N.J., on Oct. 20, 2018.

--Field Level Media

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Northwestern Wildcats Recap OCT 16TH 2021

Ryan Hilinski threw for two touchdowns and host Northwestern bounced back with a 21-7 victory over undisciplined Rutgers Saturday afternoon in Evanston, Ill.

Northwestern (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) rebounded nicely from its disastrous 56-7 loss at Nebraska two weeks ago by riding a balanced showing from its offense in the first home meeting with Rutgers since 1989.

Hilinski completed 18 of 33 passes for a season-high 267 yards and was not sacked after getting sacked four times at Nebraska. He connected with Malik Washington on a 64-yard TD with 6:36 remaining in the first and a go-ahead 2-yard TD to tight end Marshal Lang with 3:15 remaining in the first half.

Hilinski completed five passes apiece to Washington and Stephon Robinson Jr. Robinson finished with 115 yards and Washington had 84 yards.

Northwestern ran 48 times and gained 135 yards as Andrew Clair and Evan Hull combined for 116 yards.

The Scarlet Knights (3-4, 0-4) entered the game averaging four penalties per game -- the fewest in the Big Ten -- but were assessed 11 penalties for 90 yards and dropped their fourth straight.

Three of those penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the team's sideline occurred on Northwestern's game-clinching drive that culminated with Clair's 3-yard TD for a 21-7 lead with 7:33 remaining.

Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral completed 18 of 30 passes for 152 yards while getting sacked three times before being replaced by Evan Simon. Bo Melton finished with eight receptions for 101 yards, including a game-tying 18-yard TD with 8:44 left in the second.

Northwestern took the lead with 6:36 remaining in the first quarter when Hillinski found Washington in the middle of the field on 2nd-and-2. Melton barely stayed in bounds at the back of the end zone for a 7-7 tie, but Northwestern regained the lead and dominated the rest of the way on a day in which the 1995 Rose Bowl team was honored.

--Field Level Media

  • All
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NCAAF
  • NFL
  • NHL
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 4/1/0 +283
Handicapper Luke Moore Wilson Fotografia de perfil Luke Moore Wilson 4/1/0 +268
Handicapper Diego Garcia Fotografia de perfil Diego Garcia 3/2/0 +146
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Gino Russo Fotografia de perfil Gino Russo 4/1/0 +273
Handicapper Ben Miller Fotografia de perfil Ben Miller 4/1/0 +271
Handicapper James Anderson Fotografia de perfil James Anderson 4/1/0 +261
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper William Taylor Fotografia de perfil William Taylor 4/1/0 +270
Handicapper James Anderson Fotografia de perfil James Anderson 4/1/0 +224
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 3/2/0 +79
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Ben Miller Fotografia de perfil Ben Miller 5/0/0 +455
Handicapper Luke Moore Wilson Fotografia de perfil Luke Moore Wilson 4/1/0 +268
Handicapper Robert Jones Fotografia de perfil Robert Jones 4/1/0 +260
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Jimmy Liu Fotografia de perfil Jimmy Liu 3/2/0 +80
Handicapper Diego Garcia Fotografia de perfil Diego Garcia 3/2/0 +73
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 3/2/0 +73
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 4/1/0 +183
Handicapper Diego Garcia Fotografia de perfil Diego Garcia 3/2/0 +146
Handicapper James Anderson Fotografia de perfil James Anderson 3/2/0 +131
Follow these and more than 15 experts for $ 35 a month Starts now