#796 Rutgers +5.5 over Ohio State 6:00 PM CT
In starting 0-3 Rutgers has faced a brutally tough Big Ten schedule losing to Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Maryland. Those games were all mostly competitive with the 14-point loss Saturday to the Terrapins the largest margin of defeat for the 7-6 Scarlet Knights since mid-November. Rutgers has a win at Miami and has quality defensive numbers through a difficult overall schedule. Ohio State is 12-2 but they have lost by 10 and 9 in the two toughest games they have faced all season and both of those games were in Columbus. Road wins in Cincinnati and Creighton are impressive results but those games came in the first two weeks of the season and Ohio State has not played a true road game in nearly two months. Eight of the 12 wins on the season have come outside the nation’s top 100 and this will be the first Big Ten true road game of the season for the Buckeyes. Rebounding looks like an area where Rutgers will have an edge and following up the hyped Michigan State game could be a challenge for Ohio State now as a substantial road favorite.
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