Past Expert Picks
The Wolverines have been garbage this season and have mentally checked out. But they still have more than enough to out-talent their way to at least a two-touchdown win over a Scarlet Knights team that ranks 13th in the Big Ten in total offense (329.5 yards per game).
Michigan @ Rutgers | 11/22 | 12:30 AM UTC
Both of these teams come into this game at 1-3 having dropped three straight each. Michigan is a complete mess, starting with the head coach. The Wolverines are having trouble running the football since their opening win over Minnesota, and the quarterback play has been very inconsistent. Rutgers’ only win was over Michigan State, who Michigan lost to just a few weeks ago. This has been a one-sided series dominated by the Wolverines, but Rutgers has a chance to win this game outright in a stunner. Michigan is 0-9 ATS in its last nine road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Rutgers' performance this season is certainly an upgrade over recent seasons, but the Scarlet Knights are still just 1-3 with two of those losses not particularly competitive. For Michigan, I see this as a matchup where the Wolverines have a clear advantage, and I do not expect the Wolverines to ease up in a much-needed victory. Michigan is the road favorite despite losing its past two games by a combined 55 points. Teams that are away favorites when the combined margin of their last two games is -50 or worse are 77-49-2 ATS. Prediction: Michigan 41, Rutgers 17.