College Football Week 8 Predictions: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, 10/18/14, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -18.5
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -21.5
Opening Total:  58.5
Current Total:  62
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 3-1 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points since 2012
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 3-1 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points since 2012

Rutgers has won three games in a row, including a 26-24 victory over the Michigan Wolverines as three-point home favorites on Oct. 4, while going  OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests.  The Scarlet Knights are third nationally with 24 total sacks, which is important to consider when making your Week 8 college football predictions, as they matchup up against an offensive line that has allowed its quarterback to go down 2.6 times per game.  Rutgers is 0-4 SU and 3-1 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that situation.

The Scarlet Knights are 18-2 when scoring 20 or more points under head coach Kyle Flood, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page, while they’ve scored in 19 of their 21 trips inside the red zone this year.  Rutgers has a capable quarterback in Gary Nova, who leads the country in averaging 17.2 yards per completion, while the program has won 20 of his 24 starts where he throws zero or just a single interception.

Ohio State is enjoying a 3-0 SUATS run, as it has won the statistical battle by a triple-digit margin in all of those affairs, which has led to the OVER cashing every single time.   The Buckeyes have taken off with freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett continuing to gain experience, as he’s thrown 14 touchdowns and just a single interception in his last three starts.  He leads the Big Ten Conference and ranks 15th nationally in averaging 326.0 total yards of offense.  Ohio State is 17-1 SU and 9-8 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons.

The Buckeyes deserve to be high-priced favorites in this matchup, considering their head coach has compiled a 37-3 SU all-time record with more than a week to prepare for an opponent, while Urban Meyer also hasn’t lost a game in the month of October since 2010.  It’s also important to point out that the school is 67-19-5 SU when its Homecoming in Columbus.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 11-1 in the Scarlet Knights’ last 12 road games versus a team with a winning home record.

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