Rutgers vs. Ohio State - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (3-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +29 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a third straight victory to improve on 3-1 start to the CFB season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 10 of their last 11 road games. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 966 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. Barrett has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last nine games. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill have combined for 499 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Terry McLaurin has 12 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 229.7 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 520 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 20 points and 367.3 yards per game. Damon Webb leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 25 tackles, Nick Bosa has three sacks and Jordan Fuller has one interception.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for a monster upset victory to climb out of a rough 1-3 hole. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost seven of their last eight home games. Kyle Bolin is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 642 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Bolin has one combined touchdown pass in his last three games. Damon Mitchell and Jerome Washington have combined for 257 receiving yards and one touchdown while Janarion Grant has 12 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 163.2 yards per contest, and Gus Edwards leads the way with 259 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 18.3 points and 298.3 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 29 tackles, Darnell Davis has two sacks and Kiy Hester has two interceptions.
The Buckeyes are 43-20-1 ATS in their last 64 road games, 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 conference games. The under is 6-1 in Scarlet Knights last 7 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 conference games.
We've been fading Ohio State to start the season and it's paying off, as the Buckeyes have covered just one of their last seven games. I'm going to try my luck once again by taking the points with Rutgers. While the Scarlet Knights have been the laughing stock in years past, they did hang around with Washington in their season opener and lost by just 10 points on the road against Nebraska. A 1-3 SU record on paper is ugly, but Rutgers has held its own against good comp and should be motivated to do the same here after getting torched by these Buckeyes last year, 58-0. Ohio State is winning games, but this isn't a team that's blowing lesser squads out of the water like you'd expect. I'll take my chances with the points, especially considering we're getting a point above four touchdowns, which could be key when we're sweating this out.