No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (-52.5) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (BTN)
*Please note: Betting on Rutgers is prohibited within the state of New Jersey.
The Buckeyes will be on the road without defensive end Chase Young – the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from making Ohio State a historic favorite as the visiting team.
In a season full of low points, Rutgers could officially hit rock-bottom Saturday.
Prior to Saturday, only two times since 1996 has a game between two Power 5 teams featured a point spread of at least 50 points, according to ESPN. The 1996 Nebraska Cornhuskers failed to cover a 50-point spread against Missouri in a 44-point win, while the 2003 Oklahoma Sooners defeated Baylor by 38 points as 53-point favorites.
What makes Saturday different than those two previous occasions is at least Nebraska and Oklahoma were the home teams.
But that’s how bad things have gotten for Rutgers, who have been outscored 245-24 in six Big Ten games this season.
That’s not a typo.
Rutgers has been shut out three times by Big Ten opponents, with a season-high 10 points being scored last week against in a 38-10 loss at Illinois.
Head coach Chris Ash was fired three games into the season, compiling an 8-32 record during his tenure at Rutgers. Ironically enough, Ash was brought over from Ohio State for his defensive prowess.
A Rutgers reunion with Greg Schiano seems inevitable. Schiano oversaw one of the most successful periods of Rutgers football in program history, finishing his 11-year tenure with a 68-67 record, and rumors are swirling that he will be named the team’s next head coach sooner rather than later.
Rutgers has won just 37 games combined since Schiano’s departure in 2011.
The huge point spread isn’t only Rutgers’ doing, as Ohio State has been manhandling opponents on their way to a 9-0 record and No. 2 ranking.
Ohio State leads the nation in points per game (51.0) and is allowing the fewest points per game (8.6).
Young, Ohio State’s best player on defense, is in the midst of serving a suspension for violating NCAA rules due to receiving an unauthorized loan.
The Buckeyes should be alright without him.