Constant rain and wind is expected for when Rutgers visits Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m, ET. Due to Tropical Storm Gordon, much of the midwest is expected to experience heavy rain and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the area until Monday. They are calling for as much as 3-6 inches of rain in the area. As if Rutgers doesn’t have enough to deal with in facing the #4 Buckeyes already. They have held them scoreless each of the past two meetings and have won the past four games by an average of 49 points.
Whether mother nature ends up being a blessing for Rutgers or curse remains to be seen. While the rain could slow down Ohio State from throwing the football as much offensively, that is no guarantee that the depth challenged defensive line can be effective against the run game of the Buckeyes. Typically, the offense has an advantage in inclement weather because they know where they are running during a play, while the defense has to react to the player that they are covering.
How the weather affects the play calling of Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty with true freshman Artur Sitkowski remains to be seen.
The last time Rutgers played during a rain storm was last November in an embarrassing 41-0 nothing defeat, although it was clear for portions of the game. The worst rain storm I ever sat through was the Rutgers - West Virginia game in Piscataway in 2007 in which the Mountaineers won 31-3. Let’s hope Saturday’s game at Ohio State goes a little better than previous rain games.
Here is an hour by hour forecast for Columbus on Saturday, per the Weather Channel app.
For those Rutgers fans attending the game, make sure you wear weatherproof clothing in what will be a difficult attempt to stay dry. We will update the forecast on Saturday morning as well.
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