Rutgers vs. Ohio State Betting Sports Sites Odds and Prediction
Online sports betting sites favor the Ohio State Buckeyes over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights by 34.5 points. OSU beat Oregon State 77-31 and covered the 40-point spread. Needless to say the total went over in that one. The Buckeyes proved beyond a shadow of a doubt they don’t need ‘Pope’ Urban Meyer standing in the sidelines. Additionally, new starting QB Dwayne Haskins proved himself up to the task of replacing JT Barrett. Haskins went 22-for-30 for 313 yards, five touchdowns and one pick. Meanwhile, Rutgers covered a 16.5-point spread by virtue of defeating Texas State 35-7.
The 28-point margin is the largest for the Knights since 2009. It could have been larger had freshman QB Art Sitkowski not thrown a pick-six. Sitkowski passed for 205 yards and one touchdown as well as two other interceptions. On the other hand, Rutgers gained 218 yards on the ground.
Moving to the Big 10 in 2014 may not have been a good idea. Rutgers has won only four games against conference opponents in the past three years. Though three of those wins took place last season. You check the best online sportsbooks, you’ll see the Knights went 3-6 SU and 6-3 ATS in Big 10 play in 2017. Additionally, they are 3-14 SU on the road in conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five road Big 10 games.
Rutgers lost jack defensive end Tijuan Mason in the Texas State game. The Knights already lacked depth in the position, as CJ Onyechi is suspended indefinitely. As a result, Mike Tverdov will see an increased role. “He’s been taking some reps at that position throughout training camp,” head coach Chris Ash said. “He’ll slide over and be the backup at that position. … He’s been a swing guy for us and he’ll fit that role.”
In addition to Haskins’s top notch performance, the Buckeyes also excelled on the ground. Mike Weber and JK Dobbins combined for 36 carries and 260 yards. Weber scored three TDs. Ohio State is 24-3 SU and 13-14 ATS in conference play dating back to 2015. Moreover, OSU is 12-1 SU and 5-8 ATS in Big 10 home games in the same period. Ohio State has won and covered the spread set by online sports betting sites against Rutgers in each of the last four seasons.
Head coach Urban Meyer will serve his second suspension game on Saturday. However, he has been allowed limited contact with the team. “Coach came back today, and we had a meeting earlier this morning,” acting coach (not like Lee Strasberg) Ryan Day said. “He’s been meeting with some of the players. So things are back to normal. Obviously he won’t be there for game day, but everything else is back to normal.”
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Information
- Date: September 8
- Time: 3:30 pm ET
- Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Lines from BetAnySports.eu:
- RUTGERS +35½ (-110) 60 (-110) +8500
- OHIO STATE -35½ (-110) 60 (-110) -23000
- Rutgers is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
- Rutgers is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games
- Rutgers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Ohio State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone over in 9 of Ohio State’s last 12 games
Our Prediction: The Buckeyes scored like crazy last Saturday. But they also allowed too many points. If they don’t make some defensive adjustments, they should win but not cover. Also, online sports betting sites have set the total at 58.5 points. OSU has won their last four games with Rutgers by an average of 48.7 points. And the Scarlet Knights have gone under 58.5 points in 15 of their last 20 conference games.