Saturday, October 1, 2016
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. The opening line for this game has Ohio State as 37 point favorites. This season the Scarlet Knights are 2-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-1-0. The Buckeyes have an over/under record of 2-1-0 and they are 3-0-0 against the spread.
Chris Laviano finished with 190 yards through the air for Rutgers last week. He completed 13 passes out of 24 attempts for a 54% completion percentage. The Scarlet Knights were led in rushing by Robert Martin, who finished with 106 yards on 21 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Janarion Grant was the team leader in receiving with a total of 98 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 20 yards per reception. As a team in that game Rutgers got a total of 21 first downs. Of those first downs, 13 came on the ground while 8 came through the air. They ran 77 total plays for 383 yards for the game. The Scarlet Knights ran for 193 yards on 53 attempts.
J.T. Barrett finished with 152 yards passing for Ohio State last week. He went 14 for 20, resulting in a 70% completion percentage. The Buckeyes were led on the ground by Mike Weber, who finished with 123 yards on 18 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. Noah Brown led the team in receiving with 72 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. Ohio State had 22 first downs total. 14 came from running the ball and 7 came from a pass. They ran 68 total plays for 443 yards for the contest. The Buckeyes ran for 291 yards on 48 carries as a team.
Rutgers scores 27.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 81st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 15 passes on 29.3 attempts for a 51.3 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 167 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 111th in college football. The Scarlet Knights run for an average of 222.5 yards per game on 46 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 33rd in the nation. They also run 75.3 plays per contest and average 5.2 yards per play for an average of 389.5 yards per game, ranking their offense 84th overall this season. The Scarlet Knights average 20.5 first downs per game which ranks them 83rd in the country. They accumulate 45.8 penalty yards per game via 4.8 penalties, which ranks 95th in the nation.
Rutgers allows 180.8 passing yards per game, ranking 28th in D-1, and they allow 26 points per contest on defense, which ranks 64th. They give up 13.8 completions on 25.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 54.5. The Scarlet Knights allow 183 rushing yards per game on 40.3 carries for an average of 4.5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 88th in the country. Rutgers allows 363.8 total yards per game including 5.6 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 45th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7 penalties for 53.5 yards per game, ranking them 60th among D-1 teams.
Ohio State averages 56.7 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 3rd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 18.3 passes per game on 27 attempts for a 67.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 239.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 63rd in Division 1. The Buckeyes run for an average of 306 yards per game on 50.3 attempts for an average of 6.1 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 7th on the ground. They also run 77.3 plays per game and average 7.1 yards per play for a total of 545.3 yards per game, ranking them 10th in the country on offense. The Buckeyes get an average of 27.7 first downs per game, which ranks 8th in the nation. They average 69.3 penalty yards per game via 9.7 penalties, ranking them 27th in college football.
Ohio State allows an average of 176 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 24th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 12.3 points per contest, which has them ranked 9th in the nation. They give up 17.7 completions on 36 attempts for a completion percentage of 49.1 per game. The Buckeyes allow 102.7 rushing yards per contest on 33.3 carries for a 3.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 19th in the country. Ohio State allows 278.7 total yards per game for an average of 4 yards per play, which ranks 13th in D-1. They force 3.7 turnovers per contest and 4.7 penalties for 39.7 yards in each contest, ranking 15th in the nation.
Rutgers Betting Trends
Rutgers is 3-1-0 against the over/under this season
Rutgers has an ATS record of 2-2-0 this season
Ohio State Betting Trends
Ohio State is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
Ohio State has an ATS record of 3-0-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/25/16 WR Janarion Grant Undisclosed injured last game, doubtful Saturday vs. Ohio State
09/25/16 DB Ross Douglas Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
09/21/16 LB Trevor Morris Foot "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
09/12/16 DB Saquan Hampton Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/09/16 WR Dontae Owens Dismissed dismissed from the program
09/25/16 CB Gareon Conley Shoulder injured last game, probable Saturday vs. Rutgers
09/24/16 LB Justin Hilliard Undisclosed out for season
09/05/16 DL Tracy Sprinkle Leg out for season
08/31/16 DB Cam Burrows Foot out for season
08/29/16 QB Torrence Gibson Suspension out for season
08/19/16 DL Darius Slade Achilles out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Ohio State
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