Ohio State vs. Rutgers brings a B1G East matchup to the table in Week 5. That game will kick off from Columbus at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on BTN.

Ohio State vs. Rutgers preview

Ohio State and Rutgers meet Saturday for the ninth time since the Scarlet Knights made the jump to the B1G. Unfortunately for Greg Schiano’s squad, the Buckeyes are 1 of just 2 B1G East teams that have never lost to Rutgers.

Things might be at an all-time high in terms of Rutgers’ difficulty level this weekend. Despite starting the year 3-1, the Scarlet Knights are coming off a big loss to Iowa at home and juggling multiple injury concerns.

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In Week 4, Rutgers was missing multiple quarterbacks in Gavin Wimsatt and Noah Vedral, and the status for both players remains up in the air for Saturday. Despite those concerns, Schiano is unwilling to shift his goal and is still preparing his team to go get a win in Columbus.

On the other side of the ball, Ohio State has its own injury concerns. The Buckeyes were down a quartet of key defensive backs against Wisconsin and the team is hopeful at least some of those players are able to go in Week 5. Either way, their absence did not make a major impact on the outcome with the Badgers getting blown out.

On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback CJ Stroud and the offense is hopeful for Jaxon Smith-Njigba to make his return. However, head coach Ryan Day is not comfortable setting any timetable for Smith-Njigba’s full return to the field.

Even without Smith-Njigba, Ohio State has found ways to dominate the action offensively. One of the pieces that has helped the Buckeyes in the passing game is the development of tight end Cade Stove alongside a number of young receivers stepping up.

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Outside of the passing game, the Buckeyes have shown a rededication to the ground game with Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson providing a punch out of the backfield. Oh, and the defense of Jim Knowles continues to pass multiple tests in 2022.

Ohio State vs. Rutgers prediction

It’s always fun to imagine the “David vs. Goliath” games producing a colossal upset, and everyone loves the story of Appalachian State strolling into the Big House to take down Michigan. However, there’s a reason the Buckeyes have never lost to the Scarlet Knights since joining the B1G.

Since Ryan Day took over Ohio State, the team is 3-0 against Rutgers while outscoring the Knights 157-to-61. There is really no reason to expect anything to change in Week 5.

According to FanDuel, Ohio State is a 40-plus point favorite in this game.

Prediction: Ohio State 52, Rutgers 10