Prediction time: Rutgers

Army is a 4.5-point home underdog against Rutgers in its final game at Michie Stadium this season.

Two teams are playing for pride Saturday on the banks of the Hudson.

Army (2-8) is 1-4 at home this year. The Black Knights have lost two games on final-play field goals at West Point.  Rutgers (3-7) is 1-3 on the road with its only win in comeback fashion 55-52 at Indiana.

Don’t know who Army’s starting quarterback is going to be.  Sophomore Ahmad Bradshaw hasn’t practiced much over the past few weeks. Bradshaw played well at time last week in a 34-31 loss to Tulane but the lack of practice has likely hurt his ball security. He fumbled five times last week. Freshman Chris Carter has received enough snaps in the practice lately that he should be ready to play.

The rocky season for Rutgers continues. Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media reported Friday that Rutgers starting safety Anthony Cioffi is suspended for this game due to a violation of team rules. Cioffi is the team’s most experienced defensive back and has a team-high four interceptions.

The Scarlet Knights’ year has been filled with player dismissals, a three-game suspension on coach Kyle Flood handed down by the university and the reinstatement of star wide receiver Leonte Carroo after assault charges were dismissed.

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Rutgers 31, Army 24. The uncertainty for Army at quarterback plays a big part in my decision. Bradshaw has played hurt before but if he can’t go, it will be hard for Army to make a game of it. Putting the outcome in a freshman’s hands in his first college game is too much to ask. Believe Leonte Carroo will be a nightmare for Army’s secondary, which will likely start freshman cornerback Marcus Hyatt over senior and four-year starter Chris Carnegie.

Predictions from around the college football universe
Dan Duggan (Rutgers beat writer, NJ Advance Media): Rutgers 27, Army 21. Rutgers has a scheme that has defended the triple-option well over the years, although personnel limitations could make that more of a challenge in this matchup. While the Scarlet Knights also have questions at offensive line due to injuries, they should be able to run the ball because of their talent at running back. And it’s difficult to imagine Army being able to contain star receiver Leonte Carroo.
Keith Sargeant (NJ Advance Media): Rutgers 20, Army 16
Steve Politi (Columnist, Star-Ledger): Army 31, Rutgers 21
Brent Yarina (Big Ten Network senior editor: Army 27, Rutgers 24
Tom Dienhart (Big Ten Network senior writer: Rutgers 29, Army 27
Sean Merriman (Big Ten Network web editor and blogger: Rutgers 28, Army 27
The Power Rank: Army has 34 percent chance of beating Rutgers
Berry Tramel (The Oklahoman): Rutgers 26, Army 11
Pete Fiutak (collegefootballnews.com): Rutgers 34, Army 20
Athlon Sports: All five writers picked Rutgers

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