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#331 Ohio State vs.
#332 Rutgers
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3:30pm EST
Written by Daniel Benjamin



#331 Ohio State University
#332 Rutgers University


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No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes will make the trek east to Piscataway (NJ) to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a Big Ten matchup that has conference and national playoff implications for the Buckeyes. Ohio St. needs to win their remaining three games to have a legitimate shot at making the college football playoffs. Meanwhile, Rutgers is mainly playing the rest of the season out as the Scarlet Knights sit at the bottom of the conference's East division standings at 0-6.

This is the sixth all-time meeting between Ohio St. -Rutgers. The Buckeyes have won all five of the previous encounters, taking last year's contest 52-3. OSU is 2-0 in games at Rutgers winning 49-7 in 2015 and 56-0 in 2017.

Ohio State looking past Rutgers?

Ohio State starts the final quarter stretch of its season, which sees them on the road for two of the three remaining games. After this week, the Buckeyes will host No. 15 Penn State next week and then pays a visit to their arch-rivals Michigan Wolverines on Nov. 30. OSU (6-0) currently sits one game in-front of Penn State (5-1) atop of the Big Ten East division standings.

OSU won its 12th straight game with coach Ryan Day running the show. Ohio St. is coming off a decisive 73-14 victory over Maryland as the Buckeyes rushed for 383 yards, and their top-rated defense registered 11 tackles for losses along with seven sacks.

Freshman Master Teague paved the way for Buckeyes against the Terrapins with a career-high 111 yards on 18 carries to lead four players totaling at least 75 rushing yards, marking the first time that OSU has accomplished that since 1976. J.K. Dobbins, who registered 90 yards on the ground against Maryland, needs113 more yards to move past Eddie George and into the third spot on the program's all-time rushing list.

The Buckeyes' best overall player might be defensive end Chase Young. The defensive stalwart, who has 13.5 sacks, missed the Maryland game due to a suspension. He'll miss one more game due to an NCAA rules violation, but will return next week to play against Penn State, the school announced on Wednesday. According to media reports, Young accepted a loan to help pay for his girlfriend to fly to watch Ohio State play in the Rose Bowl last season.

Rutgers has lost 18 straight Big Ten games

Rutgers is trending towards going winless in Big Ten Conference play for a second straight year. The Scarlet Knights have not won a conference game since defeating Maryland 31-24 on Nov. 4, 2017. Rutgers fell to Ilinois 38-10 in its last game on Nov. 2. Last week was the Scarlet Knights second bye week of the season, marking the first time that they have had two off weeks since 2014. Rutgers was defeated by Boston College 30-14 following its first bye of the campaign. The 10 points against the Illini was the team's most points against a Big Ten opponent this year.

Redshirt freshman Johnny Langan (48 of 89 for 498 yards, three touchdowns, six interceptions) has led the offense the past five games. Langan, who has tossed all three of his touchdown passes over the previous two games, has accumulated a total of 242 rushing yards and five touchdowns for the year. Leading rusher Isaih Pacheco (541 yards, six touchdowns) missed the game against Illinois with a foot injury and is considered questionable for this week's game. If Pachero misses another game, freshman Kay'Ron Adams (37 carries for 139 yards) and Aaron Young (34 carries for 137 yards) are expected to get the majority of carries against the Buckeyes.

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Ohio State should have its way against Rutgers on both sides of the ball, which is why I am laying the 52.5 points and taking the Buckeyes. Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist Justin Fields and the Buckeyes offense, which is averaging 539.5 yards and 51 points, should have a field day against a Scarlet Knights' defense that is allowing 36.7 points a game and 431.7 yards a game. And even though they will be without suspended star defensive end Chase Young once again, Ohio State should have no problem handling a Rutgers offense that has tallied a total of 24 points against conference foes. The Buckeyes' defense has allowed points on just 14 of their opponents 115 possessions for an 87.8% stop rate.

Prediction: Ohio State -52.5

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I'm going with the over here. Ohio State has scored at least 49 points in each of its five games against Rutgers. The Buckeyes lead the nation in touchdowns and is averaging nearly 50 points against Big Ten opponents. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights have surrendered at least 34 points in each of its past five contests, and they are giving up an average of 40 points to Big Ten opponents.

The over is 20-7 in Buckeyes last 27 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. The over also has hit in nine of the Scarlet Knights last 12 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their last game.

Prediction: Over 61

Written By Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin is extremely passionate about sports particularly all things basketball. He loves crunching numbers and providing in-depth analysis. Prior to joining our staff here at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Daniel has written sports for a variety of outlets. He has covered the NBA, college basketball, NFL, college football, WNBA, soccer, and MLB since 2010.