Rutgers disappointed in some regards in NCAA odds as they were in prime position to win the Big East but lost to Cincinnati. NCAA odds saw the Scarlet Knights go 6-5 in terms of over/unders in NCAA football odds. Rutgers loses running back Ray Rice so they will definitely have a different look versus NCAA odds in 2008. The biggest win for Rutgers in 2007 was the win against South Florida. As great as that win was versus the NCAA college football odds, the losses against Maryland and Cincinnati were almost incomprehensible for a program that was looking for a Big East title.
Many NCAA odds experts think that head coach Greg Schiano has done a nice job at Rutgers. The question will be whether or not that NCAA football odds success was based solely upon Rice. The 2008 season will be a time when Schiano can really shine as a head coach. It will be interesting to see if he does that or if the Scarlet Knights fall back because of the loss of Rice.
NCAA odds experts see that Rutgers will throw the ball more in 2008 with quarterback Mike Teel. Top receivers Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood also return according to NCAA odds experts. Eight starters return on defense including FS Courtney Greene according to NCAA odds numbers. The offense will have to replace three starters on the line and they will lose kicker Jeremy Ito.
How well Teel does moving the offense may determine if Rutgers makes any noise in the Big East this season according to NCAA odds experts. Mason Robinson can’t replace Rice at running back so Rutgers will need to throw more to win versus NCAA odds. The best returning offensive player according to NCAA football odds stats could be WR Tiquan Underwood, Sr.
Rutgers ranked 18th in totals yards last season but just 34th in points scored. The defense ranked 21st in total yards allowed and 31st in total points allowed in 2007. The secondary was superb as they were 5th in the country in passing yards allowed.