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Ohio State has won and covered in its last three against Rutgers


The Ohio State Buckeyes are 3-0 SU and ATS against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights over the last three seasons with an average margin of victory of 46.3 points per game. The Buckeyes will get another shot at their punching bag this Saturday on the road.

  • Rutgers is 4-1 ATS in its last five games at home in September.
  • Ohio State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games in Week 5.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Ohio State’s last seven games on the road.

J.T. Barrett only needed 17 throws last Saturday to collect 209 yards and five touchdowns against the UNLV Rebels. The big knock on Barrett is his perceived inability to step up in big games, but that isn’t a problem for the majority of his team’s schedule, including this week. The Buckeyes are 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games after playing consecutive games at home.

Rutgers had a ghastly run of 0-9 SU and 3-6 ATS to end the 2016 season that included four shutout losses. The team is showing a bit more life this season with a 3-1 ATS record, but the Scarlet Knights enter this game with an 0-10 SU record in their last 10 games at home against teams that have winning records.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans backing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights here saw them at Bovada as 27.5-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and analytics picked a 44-10 win for the Buckeyes. That value could change during the week, if injuries or other factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 1-3 so far on the season, and 3-1 vs the point spread. The Ohio State Buckeyes, meanwhile, are 3-1 and 1-3 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have seen Rutgers go 1-3 and Ohio State go 2-2 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Rutgers vs Ohio State injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 138-rated Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the No. 7-rated Ohio State Buckeyes in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Rutgers' No. 83-ranked offense, averaging 27.25 PPG, against a Ohio State defense that ranks No. 40 this week at 20 PPG. The Rutgers aerial game is averaging 163.5 yards per game, less than the Ohio State Buckeyes secondary allows through the air, 228.25 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Ohio State Buckeyes own the league's No. 1-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 17 yards per game when on the road. Rutgers, on the other hand, rates No. 60 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Ohio State won its last game, 54-21 over UNLV on Saturday, behind a 105-yard receiving performance from Parris Campbell at Ohio Stadium.

The Scarlet Knights suffered a Week 4 loss against Nebraska in their last game, falling 27-17 at Memorial Stadium-Lincoln.

Betting Trends
  • Ohio State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Ohio State is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
  • Ohio State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Ohio State is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games on the road
  • Rutgers is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
  • Rutgers is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ohio State home to Maryland, Saturday, October 7
Rutgers at Illinois, Saturday, October 14