Ohio State Opens As 50.5-Point Favorite for 10th Game of Season Against Rutgers

By Dan Hope on November 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm
Nicholas Petit-Frere and Demario McCall

After clearing the 44-point spread against Maryland with ease in a 73-14 obliteration of the Terrapins on Saturday, the Buckeyes are favored by even more points against Rutgers this week.

Ohio State opened as a 50.5-point favorite for this week's game at Rutgers, according to Circa Sports. By late afternoon Sunday, the line had already climbed to 54 points, according to Vegas Insider.

While 50.5 was an enormous margin to cover to begin with – it was already the largest spread for any college football game between conference opponents yet this year – it's easy to see why that spread is getting even bigger, considering how dominant Ohio State has been and how horrible Rutgers has been this season.

The Buckeyes have defeated their opponents by an average of 42.4 points this season, including three wins by more than 50 points (Miami, Northwestern and Maryland), and Rutgers is one of the worst teams Ohio State will play all year. The Scarlet Knights currently hold a 2-7 record and have lost all six of their Big Ten games this season by at least 28 points.

Since Ohio State began playing Rutgers annually in 2014, the Buckeyes have won all five games by at least 39 points, including the last three games all by at least 49 points.

It's uncertain whether Ohio State will have suspended star defensive end Chase Young back for Saturday's game, but that shouldn't matter against Rutgers. If the Buckeyes play anywhere close to the level they've played so far this season, they should roll to another blowout win.

Saturday's game in Piscataway, New Jersey, is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on BTN.

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