Rutgers vs. Ohio State Total Pick
After a lopsided win in its season opener, will No. 4 Ohio State put up a big total in its Big Ten opener when the Buckeyes take on Rutgers on Saturday at 3:30PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, September 8, 2018
3:30PM ET – Ohio Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Ohio State is the heavy favorite in this game, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -35 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 60 points. The public betting for this game currently has 81 percent going on Ohio State at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rutgers rolls against Texas State
Rutgers had a pretty impressive win its opener, defeating Texas State at home, 35-7. The Scarlet Knights covered a 16.5-point spread and went under the 48-point total. Rutgers has now hit the under in three of their last four games.
The Knights were dominant in their victory last weekend as they put up 423 yards of offense while holding Texas State to just 176 total yards. The only rough spot for Rutgers was turnovers, as they committed four in the win. Quarterback Artur Sitkowski threw for 205 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in the win while three different backs rushed for over 60 yards. Rutgers finished with 218 rushing yards on 46 carries.
Ohio State rolls in opener
Ohio State played its first of three games without Urban Meyer on the sideline on Saturday when they beat Oregon State, 77-31. The Buckeyes covered a 40-point spread in the win and went over the 62-point total on their own. Ohio State has hit the over in seven of its last 10 games.
The Buckeyes looked unstoppable on offense in the win, racking up 721 yards in total behind 375 rushing yards and 346 passing yards. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns on 22 of 30 passing in his first start. Mike Weber rushed for a career-high 186 yards on 20 carries while J.K. Dobbins added 74 rushin gyards on 15 carries. Defensively, the Buckeyes did give up nearly 400 yards to Oregon State, including almost 200 rushing yards.
College Football Betting Trends
The Knights are 5-2 with the under in their last seven road games and 5-2 with the under in their last seven games in September.
Ohio State has hit the over in nine of its last 11 conference games and in 8 of its last 10 games following a win.
Rutgers had a nice offensive showing against Texas State, but Ohio State is far from Texas State. I think the Buckeyes should continue their dominant offensive showing this week at home. Ohio State showed its defense may give up some big plays, so I can see Rutgers contributing to this total. These two are 2-2 with the total in their four Big Ten meetings, but I like the over to hit in this one.
College Football Prediction: Rutgers/Ohio State Over 60