Saturday, November 7, 2020, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, 7:30 p.m. ET
Scarlet Knights at Buckeyes Betting Preview: Scarlet Knights (+37.5), Buckeyes (-37.5)
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is well aware of what his Scarlet Knights (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) are facing Saturday at No. 3 Ohio State. He was on the Buckeyes’ sideline as their defensive coordinator and associate head coach under Urban Meyer from 2016-18 when the Buckeyes outscored the Knights 166-3 in rolling to three victories.
Nevertheless, Schiano says he is looking forward to the trip.
“It’s a great experience,” Schiano said. “I think that’s what we aspire to, right? So, it’ll be a little different because it won’t be 100,000 people there. It won’t be the traditional gala of college football that happens in our conference, but it’s still a tremendous opponent.”
The game will also be a homecoming for two former Ohio State players now playing for Rutgers — defensive back Brendon White and defensive tackle Malik Barrow.
Rutgers must find a way to contain Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields’ pursuit of the Heisman Trophy. Fields has completed 87.3 percent of his passes for 594 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson each have topped 100 receiving yards in consecutive games.
“It gives you a great measuring stick,” Schiano said. “Ohio State is one of the best in the country if not the best.”
Rutgers opened this season with a 38-27 win against Michigan State to end a 21-game Big Ten losing streak before losing 37-21 to then-No. 17 Indiana last week.
“The culture’s growing by the day,” said Schiano, who is in the first season of his second stint with the Knights. “As I told the team, we’re running out of firsts. We had our first win together. We had our first loss together.”
Complacency could be the biggest issue for the No. 3 Buckeyes (2-0, 2-0 Big Ten) after disposing of then-No. 18 Penn State 38-25 last week.
The Nittany Lions were perceived as the Buckeyes’ biggest challenge for an unblemished record until playing Michigan in the final regular-season game, but that even theory is in question after the Wolverines’ loss to Michigan State.
For coach Ryan Day, it’s a matter of keeping his Buckeyes focused on the task at hand.
“Do we want to be great? If we do, we’ve got to bring it every week,” Day said. “We’re not there. We have to prove it in all three phases. We have a long way to go. We’re not great right now.”
The Buckeyes have steamrolled their first two opponents. In addition to the win at Penn State, they whipped Nebraska 52-17 in their opener.
Fields has completed 87.3 percent of his passes for 594 yards and six touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception. Receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave have had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, combining for 31 receptions for 468 yards and three touchdowns in the two games.
The running game has averaged over 211 yards an outing with Master Teague III rushing for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries. Trey Sermon has 106 on 24 runs.
Scarlet Knights at Buckeyes Betting Pick for November 7, 2020
The Knights have nine wins over ranked Associated Press teams with the highest-ranked victim then No. 3 Louisville in 2006, but they are 0-10 versus ranked Big Ten teams since the beginning of the 2014 season.
With Fields throwing for 594 yards in Ohio State’s first two games, Wilson and Olav have put together back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.
Scarlet Knights at Buckeyes Betting Pick:
Buckeyes 56, Scarlet Knights 10
Scarlet Knights at Buckeyes Best Bet for November 10, 2020
The Buckeyes have yet to lose any of the six meetings the two teams have had since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten and have topped the 50-point mark in all three games the two teams have had in Columbus. They have scored at least 49 points in the other three.
Scarlet Knights at Buckeyes Best Bet: BUCKEYES TO COVER