Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 24, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +21 -- Over/Under:
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday night at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to remain unbeaten by picking up their third road win of the season. Cardale Jones is competing 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,242 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Jones and J.T. Barrett have produced 11 touchdown passes. Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall have combined for 717 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Braxton Miller has 17 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 242.1 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 988 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 16.3 points and 302.3 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Buckeyes with 67 tackles, Tyvis Powell has two interceptions and Tyquan Lewis has 5.5 sacks. Erick Smith and Parris Campbell are questionable.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could use a big victory here to get a game above a .500 record. Chris Laviano is completing 69.3 percent of his passes for 1,388 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Laviano has six touchdown passes in his last two games. Leonte Carroo and Andre Patton have combined for 746 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Carlton Agudosi has 12 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 199.1 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 437 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 29.2 points and 447.3 yards per game. Steve Longa leads the Scarlet Knights with 66 tackles, Anthony Cioffi has three interceptions and Kemoko Turay has two sacks. Jarius Adams, John Tsimis and Dontae Owens are questionable.
The Buckeyes are 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 7-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
Ohio State simply gave Rutgers the business last season and while this game is played in the Scarlet Knights backyard this time, I don't see this game being much different. Rutgers is a banged up football team and will struggle to move the football against the Buckeyes. Also, we're talking about a Rutgers team that just allowed 52 points last week to Indiana.
Ohio State should roll here.