Rutgers vs. Ohio State - 11/16/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-7)
College Football: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm (SHI Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +51.5 -- Over/Under:
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to improve to 10-0 and remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won their last five road games. Justin Fields is completing 68.2 percent of his passes for 1,859 yards, 27 touchdowns and one interception. Fields has three or more touchdown passes in six of the first nine games. Chris Olave and Binjimen Victor have combined for 845 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while KJ Hill has 34 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 295.2 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 8.6 points and 214.8 yards per game. Malik Harrison leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 48 tackles, Chase Young has 13.5 sacks and Jeff Okudah has three interceptions.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost three of their last four home games. McLane Carter is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Carter and Artur Sitkowski have combined for three touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Bo Melton and Raheem Blackshear have combined for 622 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Washington has 12 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 136.4 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 541 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 36.7 points and 431.2 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 81 tackles, Elorm Lumor has two sacks and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.
The Buckeyes are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 9-3 in Scarlet Knights last 12 conference games. The over is 10-4 in Buckeyes last 14 road games.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games as a double-digit favorite. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 0-6 ATS in their last six games as a double-digit underdog. The spreads are getting larger and larger for Ohio State, and the Buckeyes continue to cover them with ease, making a strong case as the best and most consistent team in the country. Rutgers is a big underdog most weeks and despite being spotted points weekly, the Scarlet Knights simply don't cover. Yes, the number is massive, but the trends suggest it doesn't matter. So, I'll do what I did last week and back the Buckeyes no matter the number, as they haven't let us down yet.