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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 0-5 against the Ohio State Buckeyes since September of 2017, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights and OSU will face off in a Big Ten battle at 3:30 p.m. ET at Ohio Stadium. OSU will be strutting in after a win while RU will be stumbling in from a loss.
Last week, RU lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes at home by a decisive 27-10 margin. RU was down 24-3 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. One thing holding RU back was the mediocre play of QB Evan Simon, who did not have his best game: despite one touchdown, he threw two interceptions. That was the first 300+ yard effort for Simon this season.
Meanwhile, when you finish with 243 more yards than your opponent like the Buckeyes did last week, a favorable outcome is almost sure to follow. They took their matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers by a conclusive 52-21 score. With OSU ahead 31-7 at the half, the contest was all but over already. OSU QB C.J. Stroud was slinging it as he passed for five TDs and 281 yards on 27 attempts.
RU have to know they’ll be fighting an uphill battle given the 40.5-point spread they are up against. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past two games, so buyers beware.
RU is now 3-1 while OSU sits at 4-0. Two stats to keep an eye on: The Scarlet Knights enter the game with only 241 yards allowed per game on average, good for seventh best in the nation. But the Buckeyes rank second in the nation when it comes to yards per game, with 558.8 on average. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.
Man of the people @Miyannnn3 pic.twitter.com/yjaF30wDwP
What it’s all about 💯 pic.twitter.com/wcxlXPZPXp
Buckeyes 😤 pic.twitter.com/ObxGfil3AS
What We Learned Live: Buckeyes rout Rutgers 49-10 https://t.co/l9GihttQNh
Rutgers falls to Ohio State and here is a closer look inside the setback https://t.co/ZkJJTuE7p5
A big day from @Miyannnn3 helps the #Buckeyes run over #Rutgers 49-10 (FREE)https://t.co/dQzg6RGr4k pic.twitter.com/2fUJpno2AG
Miyan Williams had 189 yards rushing and tied the school record with 5 rushing TDs in Ohio State’s 49-10 Homecoming win over Rutgershttps://t.co/dQzg6RohQc pic.twitter.com/UUMSpfKZU4
Homestand Complete✅ pic.twitter.com/Kw87uuwm5U
#Rutgers has a player ejected and Ryan Day and Greg Schiano each assessed unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after verbally going at it on the sideline.
PUNTER FIRST DOWN, I REPEAT PUNTER FIRST DOWN.
Three-and-out for #OhioState‘s second-string offense.
Agreed, @dawandj79. pic.twitter.com/0zlojlspkv
5️⃣, count them, 5️⃣ rushing touchdowns for @Miyannnn3 today! pic.twitter.com/OHF83Y78CO
#Rutgers goes for it on 4th-and-9 and Josh Proctor breaks up the pass attempt. #Buckeyes ball.
Illegal formation called on #Rutgers. #OhioState declines to force a 3rd-and-long.
Caden Curry called for roughing the passer.
It’s been a BIG day for @Miyannnn3! The running back just tied the #OhioState single-game rushing record (FREE)https://t.co/Xj9M2m24OG pic.twitter.com/IRs9OEsPkD
Miyan Williams has now tied Pete Johnson & Keith Byars for the single game TD record with 5⃣ TD’s. @Miyannnn3 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/EoAL1Uj97d
Miyan Williams ties the Ohio State single-game rushing record with his fifth of the day.
That’s 🖐️ for Miyan! pic.twitter.com/R9CHb4drIH
Miyan Williams with his 5th touchdown of the day!
Pass interference called against #Rutgers again.
pt. 2 pic.twitter.com/P1rqxB05Gv
Through 3⃣ in C-Bus. pic.twitter.com/yx3Yl4kzkt
#OhioState leads #Rutgers 42-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Handshake Harrison🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/oZmhTZ0OHg
Pass interference called on #Rutgers. #OhioState first down at the 6-yard line.
STEELE 𝙎𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙨 it! We’ll take ball‼️
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