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Is Rutgers Relevant? Vegas Says Yes.

Out in Vegas, it’s not about the game. It’s more about the game within the game, and no matter how bad a team is, they are still relevant because it’s not about whether they win or lose, it’s about the odds.

Can they cover? It’s been said that, “Good teams win, but great teams cover!” I read that, actually, on the back of a t-shirt while hanging out at the Westgate Hotel amongst various Supercontest contenders. It’s a saying that stuck, and for the most part, out here in Vegas, it’s what matters.

So, for those who care about the betting angle, Rutgers is relevant. Very relevant! In fact, so much so that this past week, when they faced Michigan, there was talk around town, that it would be wise to look at the game in a way that gave Rutgers more respect than in the most recent previous years. Of course, that might be due to the fact that Michigan is struggling.

Speaking of Michigan, will Jim be the next one to go?

While Rutgers searches to fill its head coaching position after Chris Ash was let go on Sunday, the oddsmakers have put them as a 14.5 home underdog for Saturday’s matchup with Maryland. The over/under for the game is 55.5., which might be a tad high. Unless, of course, Rutgers manages to put some points on the board.

Last year, the score between these two teams was 41, with Maryland racking up 34 of those points in the first three quarters. Rutgers scored its lone touchdown in the last quarter. The year prior, it was Rutgers who managed to come out on top, scoring 31 of the total 55 points scored. That year, Rutgers managed to. put. up 17 before the half, and scored double digits in the last quarter.

So what can we expect this year? Well, if you look at some of the polls done by ESPN, Maryland has over 82% of the votes. The matchup predictor gives Rutgers a 17.8% chance at victory.

Maryland has scored, on average, 39.8 points a game, and Rutgers has given up 33.3. Rutgers has scored, on average. 16, and Maryland has given up, on average 24.8. So, if you do the basic math, look for more of the same. Maryland to score about 35, and Rutgers to score about 16. That basic calculation puts the total under the 55, and gives Maryland a win and a cover.

Remember though, it takes a great team to win and cover, and the question one might need to ask, is “Is Maryland a great team?”

With all that’s going on at Rutgers, there is probably little chance that they can win this game, but there’s always a chance. So if you’re looking to bet, keep in mind that it’s gambling, and that being said, it’s never a sure thing.

The best bet might be to take Maryland on the money line and stay clear of the points. Then again, it might be better to stay away from this one. Rutgers might be looking to make a statement, that they are relevant, and not just in Vegas.

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Michelle has been a sports writer and analyst for many years. Now, as host of Neutral Court, sponsored by In The Zone, Michelle brings a new sports topic to the debate floor with each episode.
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