Although Ohio State hasn’t appeared to be as good as the team that beat Alabama and Oregon in last season’s College Football Playoff, Ohio State has continued to maintain its ranking atop the polls. The college football week 8 betting odds have visiting Ohio State Buckeyes as gargantuan three touchdown favorites to beat Rutgers.
Ohio State is only 2 and 5 against the spread so far this season. They almost failed against the spread in their last game when they beat Penn State 38 to 10 as a -17.5 point favorite. Even though the Buckeyes have won, they haven’t won impressively. Both Northern Illinois and Indiana had a chance to beat Ohio State earlier this season. Will Rutgers have the same chance on Saturday?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The #1 Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights College Football Week 8 Odds
What: No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-3)
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Piscataway, NJ
Stadium: High Point Solutions Stadiu
Weather: 58° F | Sprinkles Late
Spread: Ohio State -21
Moneyline: Ohio State -1450 vs Rutgers +950
Game Total: 54
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Ohio State vs Rutgers
Why Bet #1 Ohio State (-21) to Beat Rutgers
The Buckeyes are outgaining their foes by 153 yards per game. Their defense is holding foes to 97 yards below their season average, and the offense is averaging 59 yards per game above what their opponents allow. They are winning by 21 points per game.
Ohio State could turn into the machine that won the National Championship last season starting this week. Coach Urban Meyer is finally starting the person that should have been under center for the Buckeyes at the beginning of the season, J.T. Barrett.
Until getting hurt late last season, Barrett was a Heisman Trophy candidate. Cardale Jones stepped in and provided exceptional play that led to an Ohio State championship, but defensive coordinators have had a lot of time to prepare against Jones this season. Jones has been off. He’s thrown 7 touchdown passes to only 5 interceptions. He’s completing only 60% of his passes.
Barrett was always better at running the offense than Jones. It’s a shame that Meyer didn’t see that at the beginning of the season. Barrett is a dual threat quarterback that can both run and pass. He’s averaging 7.9 yards per carry. He’s rushed for 5 touchdowns. Against Penn State he threw for 2 touchdowns. He went 4 for 4 for 30 yards. With Barrett under center, it will be easier for Ohio State to score in this matchup.
Why Bet On Rutgers to Beat #1 Ohio State (-21)
The Buckeyes are 72nd in converting red-zone trips into touchdowns at 60.7 percent (17 for 28).
Although Rutgers lost to Michigan State 24 to 31 two games ago, the Scarlet Knights actually played very well. Rutgers was a big 12 point home underdog against the Spartans. They covered the spread and fought hard.
Rutgers bounced out of that game with a 55 to 52 win over Indiana in their last as a +6.5 point underdog. The Scarlet Knights decided to give up on defense and instead score with the Hoosiers. Rutgers racked up 596 total yards of which 210 yards of it were on the ground. It was a terrific performance by the Rutgers offense.
The Scarlet Knights will score in this game. The problem is that J.T. Barrett scorched Rutgers for 5 total touchdowns, 3 with his legs and 2 through the air, on his way to a total of 368 yards in last year’s battle between these two. Barrett could be just as effective in this game. My final score prediction is Ohio State 49, Rutgers 24.