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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 11-16-2019
On Saturday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights will do battle in this Big Ten Conference matchup. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on BTN.
Ohio State Ready For One More Tune Up GameThe Ohio State Buckeyes are in the mix to be in the college football playoff. They are ranked second in the nation, first in the Big Ten East Division and are still undefeated. The Buckeyes have had easy wins all season and extreme blowouts. Their defense has allowed ten points or less in seven of their nine games played. This team usually scores around 40 plus points a game and this should be another easy win for them. Last week, they beat Maryland 73-14. It was their highest scoring performance of the season and quarterback Justin Fields went 16 for 25, for 200 yards, and three touchdowns.
According to lettermenrow.com, the Buckeyes are fine with the drop back to second in the rankings:
“At the end of the day, the focus is it comes back to us,” head coach Ryan Day said. “What is your standard? We have to make sure we’re holding up that standard. We got a lot at stake here. We can’t put any of that stuff to risk. That’s something that the coaching staff has been hammering home with the players.
The Buckeyes are extremely good on both offense and defense. This team is averaging 49.7 points per game and just always seems to be very balanced. On rushing defense, they allow just 93.3 yards per game. Fields is completing 70.7 percent of his passes and he only has one interception on the season. The offense should keep things simple and win this game in the first quarter. Ohio State is good at burying teams early and it will happen quickly in this matchup, against the worst team in the conference. They will control the tempo of the game, have good ball control, and pad those stats up.
Rutgers Trying To Score 10 PointsThe Rutgers Scarlet Knights are having a terrible season. They are the second worst team in the conference and in last place in the Big Ten East Division. The Knights are 0-6 in conference play and 2-3 at home. Rutgers has been blown out in most of their games and they were shutout in three of their losses. In six of their losses, they scored ten points or less. So, clearly this team has some scoring issues, especially against ranked teams. They are 0-4 against ranked teams and only scored one touchdown, against those teams. Two weeks ago, they lost to Illinois 38-10. The game was actually tied at the half, before Rutgers lost the second half 28-0. Quarterback Johnny Langan went 5 for 10, for 86 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
According to 247sports.com, Rutgers ex head coach Chris Ash made his first comments about the team since being fired mid-season:
“As I go back and reflect on a lot of stuff, I feel strongly that I was still able to do that, and I can hold my head high because of that,” Ash said. “If I looked back and I just had a whole long list of mistakes that I made or things that I didn’t do, I’d have regret. But I feel looking for in programs — it’s in a much better place.”
The Scarlet Knights football team has been falling apart every week. Apparently they have starters who need to sit out some games, so that they can maybe redshirt this season or get out of dodge, without losing eligibility. Rutgers is at the bottom of most of the offense and defensive stats in the conference. Langan can only get about 10 or so throws off a game and only half actually get caught. The rushing game is below average, but they have some depth. This team only has about three receivers and most of them won't even be targeted because Langan won't have enough time to get the ball out. Rutgers will have a lot of three and outs, and mostly watch their defense get slowly chewed up and spit out. It will be a long day at the office.
The top supporting trends for Rutgers, found on Covers.com, are:
- Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
The top supporting trends for Ohio State, found on Covers.com, are:
- Buckeyes are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Buckeyes are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
- Buckeyes are 11-0 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Buckeyes are going to win this game before kickoff happens. Rutgers can barely score against any ranked teams. They have been shutout three times and only scored seven points against Minnesota. Imagine what the Buckeyes will do to them. The Scarlet Knights will barely have any time of possession because their defense will be on the field a lot, getting torched slowly. Ohio State will have this game done by halftime and the backups will come in and have some more fun. The Buckeyes need one more tune up game before finishing the season against some ranked opponents. This is the game to make sure everything is still in working order and hopefully no one gets hurt.
Prediction: Ohio State Buckeyes -52.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This game will go over 61.5 points and it will all be done by Ohio State. The Buckeyes offense has put up ridiculous numbers all year and it is matched with a solid defense. Ohio State likes to score early and often, and that will definitely be the case in this game. Fields will have four to five touchdown passes and a couple running backs should have 100 plus yard performances. Rutgers will barely get into Ohio State territory and they only have a few receivers to work with. The passing game is non existent. They do have a couple rushers, but they won't get much of anything against the Buckeyes defense. Ohio State wins 63-0.
Prediction: Over 61.5