Rutgers football: Predicting the Scarlet Knights 2019 win total

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The penultimate month of the year comes in like a lamb and goes out like a water gun facing a rocket launcher.

The wins keep coming on November 2 in Champagne, Il. Rutgers will put the conference cellar in the rearview mirror that day. Illinois was 4-8 last year under Lovie Smith. How he’s managed to hold on to his job after going 9-27 over his four years is a mystery. The Fighting Illini will struggle to win as many games this year as they did in 2018. It will be another Rutgers win and a rare one on the road.

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Holy cow, Rutgers has a shot at bowl eligibility. Forget it. After putting together their first good string of games in who knows how long, it all comes crashing down two weeks later at home against #5 Ohio State. The Buckeyes look to be a serious contender for a National Championship and RU won’t get in their way.

The hits just keep on coming November 23 against #18 Michigan State. Last season it looked like Rutgers was going to pull the road upset in East Lansing. They led the Spartans 10-7 with four minutes left in the game before MSU scored on a game-winning 22-yard touchdown run three seconds later. This year, the teams meet in New Jersey, but the end result will be the same.

Now that a bowl game is out of the picture, a post-Thanksgiving loss in Happy Valley to #15 Penn State might not sting as bad. The Nittany Lions prepare for their postseason appearance by beating Rutgers.

November record 1-3. Season record 4-8.

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According to ESPN, Rutgers has the 20th hardest schedule in the country. It may even be harder than that but the way it plays out the Scarlet Knights have the chance to put together a nice mid-season run. Take the over this season.