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NCAA Gambling - Friday Night ESPN Football

NCAA gambling handicappers will have a critical Big East matchup on Friday Night that should have significant long term NCAA football gambling implications.
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NCAA gambling fans will have their choice of two bowl teams from last year and two Big East contenders for 2010 in the NCAA football gambling matchup of UConn at Rutgers.

Kickoff Friday night on ESPN is at 7:35 PM Eastern and Sports-Gambling opened with Connecticut as a 5.5 point favorite.

The Connecticut Huskies have a record of 3-2 both straight up and with the NCAA odds.  UConn is coming off a 40-21 home win over Vanderbilt as 8.5 point favorites.  The Huskies have been something of a disappointment so far this season as they had an experienced team returning and were expected to be in the national rankings.

A season opening 30-10 loss at Michigan set the tone for the season so far and a 30-16 loss at Temple in week 3 didn’t help either.  Running back Jordan Todman is the strength of the team with 638 yards and a 6.5 yards per carry average with 7 touchdowns.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 2-2 straight up and 0-4 with the NCAA lines.  Rutgers is even more of a disappointment than UConn and has been slipping ever since their epic 2006 season under Greg Schiano.

Sure, Rutgers has bowled every year but they feasted on non conference cupcakes and puked against the top teams in their league.  Rutgers is coming off a catastrophic loss at home versus Tulane last week 17-14 as 17 point chalks.  Offense has been the problem as the Scarlet Knights rank 105th for total yards and 99th in scoring.

Sophomore quarterback Tom Savage has not developed and is getting worse.  The defense ranks 4th in the nation for points allowed.

UConn has gotten the money in 15 out of their last 19 games overall and is 7-2 against the spread after a straight up win.  The Huskies have gone over the total in 7 out of their last 8 when coming off a payout in their previous game.

Rutgers has paid out in 5 out of their last 7 games versus teams with winning records and has gone under the total in 11 out of their last 16 games overall.  Rutgers has gotten the money in just 1 out of the last 8 NCAA gambling matchups between these two teams and Connecticut has paid out in 4 consecutive trips to Rutgers.