|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on NCAAFCollege football fans will have a Friday night NCAAF betting matchup on ESPN to handicap as the Black Knights of Army host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. College football fans will have their choice of a Rutgers team that seems to be regressing against an Army team that cannot gain traction. Neither team is a profitable NCAAF betting commodity.
Rutgers has a college football record of 4-2 straight up and 2-4 against the spread. They are coming off a NCAAF betting loss last Friday night to Pitt 17-24 as 6-point home dogs. Army has a college football betting record of 3-4 straight up and 2-5 against the spread. The Black Knights are coming off a 13-27 loss at Temple as 10.5-point road dogs.
Army has become one of the worst programs in all of college football as they have not bowled since 1996 and entered this season with a record from 2000-2008 of 20-85 straight up and 41-57-2 against the spread. New head coach Rich Ellerson has brought the triple option offense with him from Cal-Poly, where he had solid college football success with 3 Great West Conference titles in 8 years on the job. Army ranks an impressive 12th in college football for rushing yardage and a surprisingly solid 17th in total defense.
Army’s freshman quarterback Trent Steelman has played like a senior for much of the season as he leads the team in rushing with 407 yards and 3 touchdowns while improving each week.
Rutgers has become a respected college football program under 9th year head coach Greg Schiano as they have had four consecutive bowl seasons. The Scarlet Knights seemed to have peaked, however, in 2006 when they went 11-2 and have had back to back 8-5 seasons. Rutgers offense ranks only 80th in college football as freshman quarterback Tom Savage is learning on the job.
Rutgers running back Joe Martinek is one of the best in college football as he has 434 yards and a 5.2 yards per carry average with 5 touchdowns. Rutgers has gotten the money in 5 consecutive matchups against Army. The Scarlet Knights have covered 5 consecutive road games while Army has dropped 5 of their last 6 against the board at home.