Free Week 8 Prediction: Buckeyes vs Scarlet Knights Odds
Week 8 College football betting sees the Ohio State Buckeyes taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday October 24th at High Points Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-3)
Venue: High Points Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
NCAA Football Spread: Ohio State -21
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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While it hasn’t been pretty, the #1 team in the nation continues to pull out victory after victory. They’ll have an under the radar tough task here on Saturday with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Ohio State struggled early against Penn State, but eventually pulled away for a 4 touchdown victory.
The Scarlet Knights had a shoot out victory as they knocked off the Indiana Hoosiers 55-52.
The Buckeyes elected to go with Cardale Jones to be the starter after he led the Buckeyes to a Big 10 Championship win and 2 BCS Playoff wins over Alabama and Oregon.
He started the season off with a dominating win over Virginia Tech, but things started to get a little more difficult as the season went on. The Buckeyes continued to win with Jones, but they showed serious signs of struggles at times.
After testing out an offense that saw JT Barrett get the ball in the redzone and even gave Braxton Miller some wildcat possessions. Eventually, this past week Urban Meyer decided to name JT Barrett the starter.
Barrett’s reasoning for being named the starter comes from his performance against the Nittany Lions. While he had just 4 pass attempts in the redzone, two of those went for touchdowns. Barrett also ran for 102 yards on 11 carries.
Barret’s redzone stats are mind boggling and so impressive. He’s completed 83.3 percent of his passes.
RB Ezekiel Elliot continues to be a sleeper in this offense as he seems to get overshadowed with the QB situation. Elliot has rushed for 988 yards and has rushed for over 100 yards in 12 straight games.
The Scarlet Knights have looked much better than a 3-3 team over their past two games. They won a thriller against the Hoosiers on Saturday as they knocked off Indiana 55-52 in a back and forth offensive juggernaut.
This win comes after the Scarlet Knights had Michigan State on the ropes. Like they will with the Buckeyes, the Scarlet Knights welcomed in the Spartans under the lights at home and they gave them all they could handle before ultimately falling by a touchdown.
Rutgers’ defense played actually pretty well considering they allowed 52 points. They forced 3 4th quarter turnovers and those turned into 3 touchdowns as the Scarlet Knights came back from a giant deficit.
Sophomore QB Chris Laviano has 12 touchdown passes on the season and leads the Big 10 with 69.3 completions. RB Robert Martin had his best game against the Hoosiers as he rushed for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.
Himself and Josh Hicks continue to be a two headed monster in the Scarlet Knights’ back field. The duo has rushed for nearly 1000 yards combined on the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Buckeyes are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win of more than 20 points.
- Buckeyes are 37-16-1 ATS in their last 54 road games.
- Buckeyes are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Scarlet Knights are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Scarlet Knights are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction
The Scarlet Knights will certainly get up for this game. Like they did against Michigan State, they’ll give Ohio State all they can handle.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers ATS
The Scarlet Knights will stay within striking distance all game and with a couple turnovers and lucky breaks, things could get crazy here. The safe thinking behind this one, take the points as Ohio State wins by a slim margin.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Ohio State 41- Rutgers 33
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