On Thursday August 29, Fresno State became an 11 point favorite over Rutgers. There are two reasons why Fresno is at such a decided advantage. Fresno State is hosting the game at Bulldog Stadium and offensives can tire out the defense early in the season. Fresno State has a potent offense with Derek Carr running the offense. They also have one of the best receivers in the nation with Devante Adams. The combination could be enough to bolster the hopes of Fresno State in a home victory.
Defensively, Rutgers has one real chance to slow down the Bulldogs offense. They must dominate up front. It’s likely that Rutgers will make Fresno State one dimensional with a dominant defensive line. Although, that dimension may be enough to secure a victory.
Rutgers was six in the nation in rush defense last year, but they were vulnerable against the pass. Overall, they should have a stout defense throughout the season. Still Derek Carr might be the best quarterback they face all season. Last year he was a member of the 4,000 yard club and three for 37 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions.
According Onthebanks.com the loss of three Rutgers’ defensive backs could be the undoing of the Scarlett Knights. The new starters will have to replace in a hurry and learn on the fly.
For Rutgers, they had a strained relationship on the offensive end. The Scarlett Knights struggled to move the ball all season long. If their defense can’t stop Fresno State from scoring, the game may get out of hand. Rutgers must handle the quickness of Fresno State’s front, and use a power running game.
The Verdict: Rutgers will try to play keep away most of the game. They’ll need to control time of possession while putting points on the board. Rutgers must limit empty possessions and turnovers against the quick strike Fresno State Bulldogs. Expect Derek Carr to begin his Heisman campaign.
Fresno State 27