Apparently a 73-14 win wasn’t enough to stay No. 1, but regardless, the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes are ready to prove (again) why they deserve to be considered among the best football programs in the nation. Now, the Buckeyes sit at 9-0 on the season, but before they can head into the tough, end of the regular season stretch against Penn State and Michigan, they first have to travel to Piscataway to take on Rutgers.
Yes, Rutgers. Despite its claim as the birthplace of college football, the more recent tale of the Scarlet Knights hasn’t been so storied. In fact, Rutgers is currently 0-6 in conference play on the season and, in fact, has not won a conference matchup since 2017.
In all, the Scarlet Knights are 2-7 on the season, with wins over UMass and Liberty. Rutgers’ offense is averaging under 15 points per game, while the defense is allowing a conference-worst 36.7. In fact, one of the few statistical categories where Rutgers is not at or near the bottom of the Big Ten is...punting. In fact, the Scarlet Knights are second in the conference, averaging 44.6 yards per punt.
For Ohio State, the Buckeyes will still be without Heisman-candidate defensive end Chase Young, who is wrapping up the second game of his suspension before returning next week against Penn State.
But the Buckeyes will certainly have plenty of firepower on both sides of the ball. With the top scoring and total offense and defense, Ohio State really hasn’t shown many (any?) points of weakness on either side of the ball so far this year.
The Buckeyes are 52-point favorites over Rutgers. Historically, Ohio State holds a 5-0 advantage over its Big Ten opponent. Now, Ohio State looks to stay perfect on the season and in series history.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 16, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
Online: FOX Sports GO
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
The crew is headed to the premiere Big 12 matchup of the week against undefeated and 13th-ranked Baylor and No. 10 Oklahoma. Did you forget about the Big 12 once Oklahoma lost? Don’t worry. So did everyone else.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
In the early games, Indiana travels to No. 9 Penn State at noon on ABC, while No. 14 Wisconsin heads to Nebraska on BTN. Also at noon, No. 15 Michigan faces Michigan State in Ann Arbor on FOX. In the last early matchup, Northwestern plays UMass on BTN. The Big Ten doesn’t have any night games this week, but No. 8 Minnesota does travel to Iowa City to face the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes at 4 p.m. on FOX.
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