Ohio State vs. Rutgers NCAA Football Week 5 Odds

Ohio State vs. Rutgers College Football Betting

Ohio State Buckeyes College Football Betting

The Ohio State Buckeyes had their second serious test of the season on Saturday. They needed all four quarters in week one to put away the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Since then, Notre Dame has proven not to be in the elite category. Although the Wisconsin Badgers were not ranked when they took the field at Ohio Stadium, they could be by season’s end. Ohio State ruined a respected Badger program to wow a national TV audience and gamblers. This week the improving Rutgers Scarlet Knights will pay their respects at the Shoe. Rutgers is getting better. But there are still totally outclassed against the Buckeyes.

NCAA Football Week 5 Betting Odds

Rutgers Scarlet Knights +40.5

Ohio State Buckeyes -40.5

Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Matchup

On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference will host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights of the Big Ten Conference. Kickoff time at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, is 3:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on Big Ten Network.

Regardless of reality and price, the public perceives that Rutgers will get blown out at Ohio State. And it’s a reasonable expectation. But Ohio State is coming off a bruising game against a physical Wisconsin program. And a daytime atmosphere against a perennial Big Ten bottom feeder won’t have the same juice with fans and gamblers.

Casual fans will make the lay based on the power home favorite brand of the Buckeyes. At the same time, bargain hunters will evaluate if Rutgers is getting enough points.

Last game, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights lost 27-10 against the Iowa Hawkeyes as 9-point home dogs. The game went over the total of 34.5. Rutgers has a record of 3-1 straight up, 2-2 against the spread, and 2-2 over/under the total. Rutgers ranks 97th for total offense, 111th for passing, 47th for rushing, and 84th for scoring. Defensively they rank 9th overall, 35th against the pass, 2nd against the rush, and 25th for points allowed. Also, Rutgers ranks 23rd for fewest turnovers lost and 28th for takeaways.

Cooper DeJean scored on a 45-yard interception return, and Keavon Merriweather returned a fumble 30 yards for another first-half touchdown as Iowa rode its defense over Rutgers. Leshon Williams scored on a 2-yard run, and Drew Stevens kicked two field goals as the Hawkeyes forced three turnovers and handed Rutgers its 20th straight Big Ten Conference loss at home.

Rutgers appeared ready to challenge Iowa on the opening series, but turning the ball over three times against a defense that allowed 13 points in its first three games was not the way to win. The 23 points allowed by Iowa in the first four games is its fewest points allowed in the last 66 years. The Hawkeyes gave up 20 points in the first four games in 1956. Rutgers outgained Iowa 361-277, but the Hawkeyes won the turnover battle 3-0.

The Hawkeyes' defense was outstanding for the fourth straight game. However, playing that way next week against one of the top teams in the country will be a major test. Iowa also needs more from its offense to challenge the league.

Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Recap

Last game, the Ohio State Buckeyes humiliated Wisconsin 52-21 as 19-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 56.5. Ohio State has a record of 4-0 straight up, 2-2 against the spread, and 2-2 over/under the total. Ohio State ranks 2nd for total offense, 12th for passing, 19th for rushing, and 3rd for scoring. Defensively they rank 18th overall, 22nd against the pass, 38th against the rush, and 22nd for points allowed. Also, Ohio State ranks 3rd for fewest turnovers lost and 124th for takeaways.

CJ Stroud threw five touchdown passes, and both top running backs had 100-yard games as the Buckeyes blew by Wisconsin early and cruised to an easy payout Saturday night. Cade Stover and Emeka Egbuka each caught two touchdown passes, and Miyan Williams rushed for two more scores.

The Buckeyes controlled the line of scrimmage and scored touchdowns on their first four drives to a 31-7 halftime lead. TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 121 yards, and Williams averaged more than 9 yards per carry in rumbling for 101. Stroud completed 17 of 27 attempts for 281 yards and also threw an interception for the first time this season. He has 16 touchdown passes in four games. Egbuka caught scoring passes of 32 and 8 yards, finishing with 118 yards. Julian Fleming also caught a touchdown pass for the Buckeyes.

2022 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule

Sep 3 vs. Notre Dame W 21-10 1-0
Sep 10 vs. Arkansas State W 45-12 2-0
Sep 17 vs. Toledo W 77-21 3-0
Sep 24 vs. Wisconsin W 52-21 4-0
Oct 1 vs. Rutgers - -
Oct 8 at Michigan State - -
Oct 15 OFF
Oct 22 vs. Iowa - -
Oct 29 at Penn State - -
Nov 5 at Northwestern - -
Nov 12 vs. Indiana - -
Nov 19 at Maryland - -
Nov 26 vs. Michigan - -
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