Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium — Piscataway, NJ
When: Saturday, September 30, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: Big Ten Network
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Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes (3-1)
After an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma in Week 2, the Buckeyes have now won back-to-back. They are again accomplishing what they are supposed to, as they easily beat Army, 38-7, and UNLV, 54-21, in consecutive weeks.
Similar to what he has done throughout his collegiate career, JT Barrett is doing a good job distributing the ball to his new crop of receivers (10-1 touchdown-interception ratio). Parris Campbell, who has team-leading numbers of 18 catches for 322 yards (17.9 yards per catch), leads that pack. He, along with three other members of the Buckeyes’ receiving corps, have a pair of TD grabs.
JK Dobbins and Antonio Williams, meanwhile, are collectively running for 165.5 yards per game on 7.1 yards per carry. They have five TDs together this season.
OSU’s defense isn’t standing out like other top-ranked teams, allowing a moderately-good 20 points and 367.3 total yards per game. The group also have a talented bunch, as led by Nick Bosa, who has three sacks and seven tackles for loss on the year.
The Buckeyes are 27-3 in their last 30 games, but they are only 3-9 ATS in their last 12.
Betting on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-3)
Rutgers is looking like they will remain being one of college football’s whipping boys. Not only are they winless against major schools, they are yet to score over 17 points against such opponents in three tries.
A big part of the problem is their continuing issue in the quarterback position. They have a new man in that spot, Louisville transferee Kyle Golin, and he’s playing just as mediocre as his predecessors. The QB is only throwing for 160.5 yards per game and only completes 57.3 percent of his passes, while having an awful 3-6 TD-INT ratio.
The team’s offense is getting more from the running backs. Gus Martin, Robert Martin, Rahim Blacksheer, and Jonathan Lewis are all sharing the rushing opportunities, and they are making the most out of it, as the four have combined for 601 yards nine TDs on a decent 4.6 yards per carry this season.
The same goes on defense, since the unit is performing better than what the record suggests. They only give up 18.2 points and 299.3 total yards per game, and only allow opposing QBs to complete 49.1 percent of their passes.
The Scarlet Knights have lost 11 of their last 12 games (6-7 ATS)
Ohio State (-30) wins and covers the spread.
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