College Football Picks: #1 Ohio State Won't be Tamed by Rutgers

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:27 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 6:27 PM GMT

We’re going to examine Saturday’s college football game between Ohio State & Rutgers. Go and read our insightful betting preview article that includes a college football pick.

Top Ranked Ohio State visits Jersey on Saturday
Rutgers (3-3) will play host to the #1 team in the land when Ohio State (7-0) comes a calling. Early (10/20) college football odds indicate that Ohio State is a 21 point favorite across the major sportsbook landscape. The Buckeyes hammered Rutgers last season at home 56-14.

 

Buckeyes receive the Memo
Ohio State has been the overwhelming choice as the #1 team since the onset of this 2015 season. After all, they were the defending national champions, and returned plenty of their weaponry from last year’s team. Heading into last Saturday’s home game against Penn State they were a perfect 6-0, but were less than awe inspiring in doing so. The Buckeyes had failed to cover their last five games in a row, and were 0-4 ATS at “The Horseshoe” in Columbus. That was a bit of concern from the Buckeyes faithful, especially considering they were facing a Penn State team that came to town riding a five game winning streak. Well they responded to the memo asking for a dominating performance, and easily defeated Penn State 38-10 in addition to covering as a 18.5 point favorite.

 

Momentum abounds for Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is coming off an improbable come from behind win last week at Indiana. They trailed 52-27 in that contest late in the 3rd quarter, and proceeded to score 28 unanswered points to come away with a thrilling 55-52 win. The good news is they won, and then bad news was their defense continues to be torched against quality opponents. Rutgers has allowed opponents to amass 471 yards or more in four of six games this season. The lone exceptions came against Norfolk State that competes at the FCS level, and a winless Kansas team. They’ll have their hands full again on Saturday, facing an Ohio State offense averaging 39.7 points and 494.0 yards per game during their previous four contests.

 

Final Analysis
I hate laying points on the road period, let alone this many. The flip side to that equation, I don’t take underdogs that I feel have an unrealistic chance of winning outright. This is a terrible matchup for Rutgers on many fronts, and prompts me to have a small lean toward the road favorite for one of my college football picks.

College Football Pick: Ohio State -21 at Bookmaker

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