Before You Bet: Rutgers-Fresno State, Tennessee-UCLA

The staff of takes a look at the Monday card. With just two games, we will combine trends and the news and notes on the same report. All trends are against the spread except when over/under is specified.


Betting notes: UCLA is down to the third-strong quarterback as Patrick Cowan and Ben Olson are out. Kevin Craft who played both at San Diego State and JUCO gets the starting nod. The Bruins have also had numerous on the offensive line.

Brian Gould of says that totals players will want to note that both teams have new quarterbacks and new offensive coordinators. UCLA is much stronger on defense than on offense, Gould adds.

Tennessee is strong in the running game led by Arian Foster, who rushed for 1,193 last year.

Computer trends: The Volunteers are 5-1 their last six on grass. UCLA has covered three in a row to the SEC. UCLA is 20-7 their last 27 at home.

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Betting notes: Rutgers begins the post Ray Rice era. Rice was the greatest running back in recent Rutgers history. However, they get back experienced starting quarterback Mike Teel, who threw for a record 20 touchdowns last year and two 1,000 yard receivers Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood.

The Scarlet Knights have huge question marks on the offensive line where they lost three starters.

Computer trends: Bulldogs are 8-19 their last 27 overall and 5-16 on grass. Rutgers is 0-4 their last four on grass. The Scarlet Knights have gone over 8-3 on grass.

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