(9)Ohio State @ Rutgers
(Favorite: Ohio State - 28 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: OSU The Buckeyes still have work to do, and they have yet to have a game where they are firing on all cylinders. The defensive backfield has to start getting better one of these weeks, or this Buckeye team may be in trouble when the Nits come to the 'Shoe in late October. But back to the task at hand....Rutgers is improved, but not enough to do more than throw a scare into Ohio State. I think it will be a little more competitive than it usually is, but the Bucks should go to 2-0 in league play. The Call: OSU 38 Rutgers 13
Cory: Despite thumping UNLV at home last week, the Buckeyes fell again in the polls. Doesn't appear there are many believers in the Buckeyes outside of Columbus right now, and that probably won't change after this week's game at Rutgers either. It has been a bad season thus far for the Scarlet Knights, who are 1-3 with their lone win coming over FBS Morgan State. A big problem is the offense. Rutgers can't pass - they have more interceptions than passing touchdowns - despite having two good receivers in Janarion Grant and Jerome Washington. It could be a tough day for Rutgers as the Ohio State defense took a huge step forward against the Rebels last week. The Buckeyes blitzed a lot and forced a lot of bad plays, and the defensive line is really turning into something special. The OSU offense is still a work in progress, but J.T. Barrett looked the best last week he has all season. Let's hope that trend continues. Ohio State 45, Rutgers 10
Dave: OSU 62 - Rutgers 0
Gregg: Excellent strides made last week by the Buckeye offense, but we need to continue those strides, we are not at a championship level yet. I am more concerned about the defense at this point though. We are just giving up two many yards, the secondary is still learning (need to turn around in coverage more) and can they please get a few three-and-outs this week. This group simply can't find a way to get off the field. Dobbins has another great game and watch for JT Barrett to get a couple more records today. Ohio State 44 Rutgers 7
Jason: Another game where the Buckeye pass game can continue to regain form. It appeared as if they figured out a few things a week ago against UNLV and there should be more of the same in Piscataway on Saturday night. J.T. Barrett is coming off a five touchdown pass performance in under 2 quarters against the Rebels and backup Dwayne Haskins threw two more as the Buckeyes passed for a school record 474 yards with a school record seven TD’s to Big Ten record seven different receivers.
Rutgers lost their top corner Blessuan Austin who injured his knee in the Knights loss to Nebraska a week ago and is done for the season so Ohio State should once again be able to attack through the air. As an added bonus, the Buckeyes will be sporting a two-headed monster in the backfield as running back Mike Weber returns from injury, only playing minimally the first month of the season after eclipsing 1,000 yards last season. He will complement the nation’s sixth leading rusher in freshman J.K. Dobbins who has rushed for 520 yards already on the young season.
It doesn’t end there for the weapons Rutgers will face on Saturday. They will face a defensive line that is as talented and fast as any in the country. The defense recorded 13 tackles for loss a week ago so the Knights will be facing a stern challenge. The concern for the Buckeyes is certainly the secondary and though they didn’t have a lot of yards thrown on them a week ago, Ohio State was still flagged for 3 pass interference penalties but coach Urban Meyer sees it as a technique related problem that they are continually focused on. This week they will face Louisville transfer, QB Kyle Bolin, who is averaging 160 yards per game through the air, however top receiver Janarion Grant is in concussion protocol and may not play. It likely won’t matter. Ohio State will be too much on both sides of the ball and though Rutgers may have minimal success early, the Buckeyes are just far too talented and will run away and hide. Ohio State 63 Rutgers 17
Joe-S-U: OSU over Rutgers - Seriously, someone wake me when it's Penn State week. In the meantime, Parris Campbell is due for a kick return score and could we get through one game without a penalty from the secondary?
John: This should be one of those name your score type games. Rutgers is just plain bad. Bucks win big. Ohio State 49 Rutgers 17
Josh: Rutgers seems to have made improvements since last year, and could actually win a Big Ten game this season, just not this one. Since losing to Oklahoma, Ohio State has done what is has needed to do against inferior opponents, and they seem to have flexing their passing game muscles. I however am in the belief that they are not really going to be tested until the home game against Penn State on October 28. This game will be the Big Ten Networks night game of the week, and I get the feeling it will be much like last time Rutgers hosted Ohio State in 2015, where there will be plenty of scoring for the Scarlet...and gray, and very little for the Scarlet Knights. I think Barrett will achieve two record this coming game. The first, which is almost guaranteed, is that he will eclipse 10,000 total yards, which has never been done before from a Buckeye. (He is currently 14 yards shy.) The second record I think we will break is the most passing yards every by a Buckeye, in which he is is 278 yards shy of. The defense will once again be tested, and I think we will continue to clean up our secondary and linebacker play. We will need to. Ohio State 56 - Rutgers 14
Dr. Mark: OSU 42-10 - this is like a weak non conference game-Rutgers has not been able to sustain a 4 star roster to complete with top 25 teams.
PJSBuck: Well, we looked halfway decent for a change. Glad to see JT playing better but couldn't help but see the spark the offense received when Haskins was in. This week will be a classic sisters of the poor game. Even though Rutgers is an improved team they still have only one win (1-3). I see this is almost a replay of last week's game against UNLV. It will be time for our offense to really improve this week while our defense plays a "regular" offense for a change. Buckeyes win 53 17 in a game where we see more back-ups again (good thing!).
Pia Pete: The Buckeyes defense trashes a weak Rutgers offense. OSU 51 – RU 6
Coach Rick: Lets see, Nebraska sucks this year and they beat Rutgers, now who am I going to pick in this game. OSU still needs a lot of work done. but they win easily. OSU 63 - Rutgers 0.
Steven: This one could be held in a lion's den and be less of a bloodbath. Score, rinse, repeat. OSU 59-3.
Trout: Although the Bucks still have questions on the offensive side of the ball, they are still above and beyond the better team. They should have no problem putting up 40+ points on the Scarlett Knights. I see JT continuing to improve his passing game, while Dobbins dominates Rutgers with the ground game. Bucks should win this in a blowout. (OSU, 49-14)
Vaughn: OSU beats Rutgers 45-10
Final Score: Ohio State 56 Rutgers 0