The Ohio State Buckeyes are heavily favored at home in Columbus, Ohio against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Here are our over/under predictions for Saturday:
2.5 Interceptions for the Buckeye Defense
Over. Ohio State’s defense is averaging three interceptions per game. For Rutgers to have a shot to win, they’ll have to take chances in the passing game. At first there was a thought the defense might only intercept two passes, but the more the topic is pondered, the more it feels like the Bucks defense will have at least three takeaways on pass plays in this game.
125 Rushing Yards for Mike Weber
Over. Mike Weber has nearly rushed for 100 yards in all three games this season (only game he didn’t meet the mark was a 92-yard rushing performance against Tulsa in week 2). Don’t be surprised if Weber gets 20 carries for the first time all year, as this week is a golden opportunity for him to shine with Urban Meyer establishing OSU as a rush-first team in the Big-Ten.
13.5 Points for the Rutgers Offense
Under. The loss of Janarion Grant due to injury is huge for Rutgers. He led the team in receiving yards and was also a threat out of the backfield, averaging nearly nine yards per carry on 16 attempts. It’s gonna be a tough day for the Scarlet Knights on the offensive side of the ball.
4.5 Total Touchdowns for J.T. Barrett
Under. This may actually seem bold, and for good reason. The prediction is that Ohio State will score several touchdowns rushing the ball, with weapons including Mike Weber, Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson. Four touchdowns for J.T. on Saturday.
150 Yards From Scrimmage for Curtis Samuel
Over. Samuel is averaging 173 yards from scrimmage per game this season (that’s not a typo). It’s tough to logically explain him performing “below average” for his standards this weekend.