Ohio State vs. Rutgers: Watch live college football for free (10/1/22) – cleveland.com

  • October 1, 2022

Miyan Williams and Ohio State host Rutgers on Saturday in Big Ten action.David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 3 Ohio State wraps up a five-game homestand to start the 2022 season on Saturday against Rutgers. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
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The Scarlet Knights lost their Big Ten opener at home to Iowa on Saturday, 27-10. Ohio State got off to a fast start on its way to a 52-21 blowout win vs. Wisconsin.
Who: Rutgers (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) at No. 3 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0).
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
Time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus (102,780).
TV: Big Ten Network.
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Latest line: Ohio State -40.5.
Announcers: Brandon Gaudin, Joshua Perry and Rick Pizzo.
Check out some of what Stephen Means of cleveland.com wrote about Kyle McCord possibly getting more reps as Ohio State’s backup quarterback.
Kyle McCord has played 31 snaps this season as Ohio State football’s backup quarterback, which is pretty normal given who the opponents have been through the first few weeks.
What may not be as normal is what he’s been able to do with those opportunities because of the context around him. McCord often sees action at the end of decided games when the Buckeyes are up big and trying their best to get the game over with. That conservative approach often means McCord is nothing more than a glorified middleman at times for a team just looking to run the ball.
It can be a trying experience.
“You want to get him those reps, but when the game gets a certain way, you don’t want to try to upstage somebody,” head coach Ryan Day said. “You try to be sensitive to that in those moments. But at the same time, you’d like to get him reps. So we try to create a few short passes for him.”
McCord’s thrown 11 passes this season, connecting on eight of them for 134 yards and one touchdown. He’s not out there to push the ball down the field for scoring opportunities. The one time he did it was a byproduct of just making a solid read that Jayden Ballard then took 72 yards for a touchdown against Toledo, but that wasn’t the plan.
“That was supposed to be to the flat, but he snuck out the back end, and Kyle’s just playing,” Day said. “It was a good read and a good throw, and it worked out. But late in the game like that, we try to respect what’s going on and respect the game.”
It’s a hard balance Day has to strike with any quarterback that’s not C.J. Stroud. He’s trying to develop McCord and fellow backup Devin Brown for a quarterback battle that’s less than six months away. But he’s also trying to have respect for his opponent. It can often mean sacrificing chances for McCord to get quality in-game experience, even if it’s not what he’d rather be doing.
“He’s competitive,” Day said. “He wants to do (more) and he’ll have his opportunity.”
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