Ohio State vs. Rutgers - 9/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -35 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for their first 2-0 start to a season since 2014 after beating up on Texas State. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost each of their last three road games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 69 percent of his passes for 205 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Sitkowski enters this game with 29 career pass attempts under his belt. Bo Melton and Raheem Blackshear have combined for 113 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jerome Washington has two receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 218 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 76 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing seven points and 169 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with seven tackles, Blessuan Austin has one sack and Damon Hayes has one pass deflection.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a quick 2-0 start after abusing Oregon State, 77-31. The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost two home games since 2015. Dwayne Haskins is completing 73.3 percent of his passes for 313 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Haskins has nine touchdown passes on 87 career pass attempts. Terry McLaurin and K.J. Hill have combined for 203 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Austin Mack has five receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 375 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 186 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 31 points and 392 yards per game. Jahsen Wint leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with five tackles, Nick Bosa has two sacks and Kendall Sheffield has two pass deflections.
The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 9-3 in Buckeyes last 12 games overall and the under is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 road games.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights aren't the old Rutgers teams from a few years ago when they were lucky to win a game. Rutgers has improved in recruiting and has a quarterback in Sitkowski who could become a household name by the time his career is finished. The Ohio State Buckeyes seem to be playing angry and with a point to prove, as that Oregon State game was in hand from the start and they were still throwing the ball, looking to win as big as possible. The concern I have is OSU struggled defensively, and even with the win, the Buckeyes are just 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games when favored by at least 30 points. There may also be a lookahead factor with TCU on deck next week. If Oregon State can drop 30-plus, Rutgers should have some success as well. I'll take the points, but there's much better options on the board for this card.