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College Football Navy at Rutgers

September 07, 2007

College Football Betting - Navy Midshipmen at #15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 7:00 PM EST

Ray Rice of RutgersLast season Rutgers' defense held the potent Midshipmen rushing offense to a season low 113 rushing yards en route to a 34-0 lambasting. Rutgers' rush "D" seems to be wicked again, holding their week one opponent to 70 rushing yards on 2.1 yards per carry. 

In their last nine non-conference games, Rutgers is 7-2 against the spread ATS. Additionally, they are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.  Given the numbers listed above, it is hard to blame the 80+% of early bettors that prefer Rutgers (-17).

Rutgers easily toyed with Buffalo in home opener 38-3, gaining 563 total yards in the rout and will face a much tougher assignment in playing the Naval Academy. It seems coach Greg Schiano stayed for a reason after many inviting job offers.

One of the big pluses is the talent he has recruited returns a number of starters (13) and the replacements will not be a significant drop off. Running back Ray Rice keys the rushing game and looked in Heisman form in his opening effort.

Rice rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. The extra year of experience worked wonders for quarterback Mike Teel, who also added a noteworthy effort as he completed 69.5 percent of his attempts for 328 yards and two scores. The junior signal is now 14-3 and 11-5 against the spread as a starter.

Head coach Paul Johnson has done an absolutely astonishing job at the Naval Academy in five plus years with 38-25 record (33-20-1 ATS) and taken the Midshipmen to four consecutive bowl games.

More importantly at this institution, they have won four consecutive Commander-in-Chief Trophies after having not won one in 22 previous years. This year's task will be a tougher job with just three starters back on defense.

Offensively, a case could be made this might be the most explosive Navy team ever with Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada at quarterback and a fleet of speedy backs to make running game potent.

Against Temple in the opener, Kaheaku-Enhada ran the offense like a bon vivant, rushing for 102 yards himself and dishing out on the option for another 259 yards.

The Hawaii native won't dazzle anyone with his throwing, however his speed and decision making are exceptional in Johnson's option, which might leave him among the greats at Navy.

The Rutgers defense is not big; nonetheless they are aggressive and quick trying to replace four starters from the front seven.

The Scarlet Knights will be fed a steady diet of option football, which means they must have the discipline, ironically enough of a military man, to carry out assignment and stop Navy's prodigious ground attack. Rutgers is 8-3 ATS taking on non-conference foes.

The early line of Rutgers favored by 12 was pounded by bettors and is now 17.5 at, despite the Midshipmen's 35-12 ATS record as a road underdog the last 15 seasons.

This will be Navy's second straight road game and they are 2-6 SU and ATS against Rutgers.

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