In Greg Schiano’s first season back, Rutgers is looking to compete in every game and show signs of a culture change. As they prepare for Ohio State, focus should be on staying healthy and moving on.
Rutgers is currently listed as a 37.5-point underdog, according to BetOnline. On the bright side, that is significant less than the 50.5-point spread they faced last season in Piscataway.
The Scarlet Knights were able to cover that astronomical number. Their 2019 meeting was a 56-21 win for the Buckeyes. They are 6-0 all-time against Rutgers with three of those wins coming in Columbus.
In those six meetings, Ohio State has been favored by an average of 32.5 points. Their average margin of victory has been 46.5 points including two shutout victories. Rutgers has scored over 20 points just once and that came last season.
The total for this game comes in at 64.5. This is the highest it has been in this matchup. In six matchups, the over has hit three times and the under has hit three times. The Buckeyes have scored 50 or more points five times and the one time they did not, it was in 2015 when they won 49-7.
This is a matchup between the No. 1 offense and last-ranked offense in the Big Ten. Last year’s matchup saw Justin Fields finish 15-19 for 305 yards and four touchdowns. This is an improved defense for Rutgers but the secondary looked vulnerable during the second half of their Week 2 loss to Indiana.
When making a decision on the line of this game, it all depends on if Ohio State will continue to score in the second half. It seems as though they could name the score in this one but remember, the Scarlet Knights shocked everyone and scored three times last season. With that being said, all trends point to the Buckeyes in this one.