No Betting on Rutgers Football, Big Favorites Over Temple

No Betting on Rutgers Football, Big Favorites Over Temple
By Lou Monaco

College football kicks off Thursday and those interested in NJ sports betting will have to wait until November to see if they can wager on in-state college football programs next year.

Temple, coming off a 1-6 record, visits Rutgers under second stint, second-year head coach Greg Schiano on Saturday at noon. The game was re-scheduled from Thursday because of the storms that moved through New Jersey on Wednesday.

Schiano and his Scarlet Knights are coming off a 3-6 season a year ago and will be in front of a sold out crowd in Piscataway.

Although you can not wager on in-state collegiate sports teams in the Garden State, the rest of the country can, as Rutgers is currently sitting as a 14.5 point favorite, according to Wyatt Yearout, communications analyst for PointsBet NJ.

Rutgers is taking 65% of bets and 61% of handle in college football betting.

The over/under point total is at 51.5, with the over accounting for 53% of the bets and 71% of the handle.

Monmouth Plays Saturday

On Saturday, two-time Big South Conference champion and preseason favorite Monmouth visits Middle Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Blue Raiders, coming off a 3-6 season a year ago, are a 7.5 point favorite and listed at -295 on the money line, according to BetRivers. Monmouth is listed as a +220 money line underdog.

Hope for In-State Betting

In mid-June, the state Assembly passed SCR133 — with Assembly Concurrent Resolution 200 — to allow sports betting in New Jersey on in-state college teams and in-state college tournaments and events by a vote of 70-4. It would expand New Jersey gambling options.

It is now headed for a referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot. New Jersey voters will be voting YES or NO on this question two months from Thursday:

Do you approve amending the Constitution to permit wagering through casinos and current or former horse racetracks on all college sport or athletic events that are held in the State?

New Jersey has numerous college teams and regularly hosts tournament events.

The state has three programs in football: Monmouth, Princeton and Rutgers and is also home to eight NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball programs: Rutgers, Seton Hall, Saint Peter’s, Rider, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, NJIT and Princeton.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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