- Rutgers is a 6.5-point favorite against Northwestern in their season opener.
- The total is favored to go under 39.5 points with -115 odds.
- Northwestern finished 2022 with a 1-11 record, while Rutgers finished 4-8.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are favored by 6.5 points against a disjoined Northwestern Wildcats football team. Rutgers beat Boston College in their 2022 season-opener on the road, and now host Northwestern for their 2023 season-opener on Saturday.
Betting odds at online sportsbooks predict Rutgers will start 1-0 for a sixth consecutive season.
Rutgers Vs Northwestern Betting Lines
|Rutgers||-6.5 (-110)||-250||O39.5 (-105)|
|Northwestern||+6.5 (-110)||+210||U39.5 (-115)|
Northwestern also won their 2022 season-opener but went on to lose 11 consecutive games. The Wildcats failed to score double-digit points in half their games, making them a deserving 6.5-point underdog to Rutgers.
Although Rutgers only won four games in 2022, the return of two dominant defensive lineman and two linebackers give value to the Scarlet Knights’ -250 moneyline odds against a poor Northwestern offense.
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Fade Northwestern’s +210 Moneyline Odds
The Wildcats have too much uncertainty to bet their +210 moneyline odds at CFB online sportsbooks against Rutgers. In addition to the culture controversy surrounding former head coach Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern is without 10 starters from last season.
Every player on Northwestern’s offense who registered at least 600 snaps went to the NFL Draft or transfer portal. Defensively, four of eight players who registered over 545 snaps are no longer with the team.
With so many new faces and new leadership, New Jersey online sportsbooks don’t think Northwestern will bring it all together in the first game. Fade Northwestern’s enticing +210 moneyline odds against a traditionally inferior Rutgers football team.
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