Ohio State enjoy home-field advantage over Rutgers from 7:30. You can follow the expert picks of Don Best’s Joe D’Amico below…
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If this were a normal season, I would question the size of this line, but I think we would all agree that there is absolutely nothing normal about anything in 2020. 3rd ranked Ohio State, if they run up the score here, have a real opportunity to possibly climb in the polls if Clemson (which faces Notre Dame today with a start time of 7:00 pm est, 30 minutes before kickoff of this game) loses.
It seems, not only do top teams need wins this season, but I feel style points are going to play a role in the rankings. Laying 28 and 10 points against the likes of Nebraska and Penn State and covering both contests tells us just how focused Ohio State head coach, Ryan Day has his team.
After besting Michigan State 38-27 in their season-opener, Rutgers came back down to Earth last week failing to cover as a double-digit dog to Indiana, 37-21. Look for Buckeyes quarterback, Justin Fields (594 yards passing, 87.3% completion rate, 6/0) to dissect the Scarlet Knights secondary with his arsenal of receivers.
There isn’t the biggest disparity here. The difference in the trenches is significant. Football is won in the trenches. And as far as top college football teams go, Ohio State is pretty darn talented on both sides of the line of scrimmage. They will absolutely manhandle Rutgers linemen. Trust me when I tell you, they are aware of how Rutgers stunned MSU and will take no chances here.
If you are worried about the point spread, FYI, Ohio State has won the last six meetings (5-1 ATS) by an average score of 55-8.
Rutgers is 3-8 ATS the last 11 in conference play. OSU is 6-1 ATS the last seven as a home fav. Ohio State.
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