Ohio State-Rutgers: Recap, score, analysis for Week 5 game (09/30/2017)

Ohio State walloped Rutgers in its return to Big Ten play, winning 56-0.

Below is a recap with analysis from the second straight shutout of the Scarlet Knights at the hands of the Buckeyes.

Ohio State-Rutgers live updates, score

Ohio State 56, Rutgers 0 (Final): Well, that was fun. The gap between these two teams remains as wide as ever.

Ohio State 56, Rutgers 0 (Q4, 8:08): Play Demario McCall.

Ohio State 49, Rutgers 0 (Q4, 12:23): Pretty much the only drama left: Can Ohio State’s backups on defense keep the shutout going?

Ohio State 42, Rutgers 0 (Q3, 3:50): Even though it failed horribly I applaud Rutgers for going for it on fourth down instead of kicking a field goal just to end the shutout. Also, Dwayne Haskins is now in for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State 42, Rutgers 0 (Q3, 8:02): Ohio State should throw more often to Binjimen Victor. He’s such a big target and he’s shown he’s perfectly capable of winning those 50-50 balls in the end zone.

Ohio State 35, Rutgers 0 (Q3, 10:37): It’s at least a little surprising that J.T. Barrett has played multiple series in the second half. I thought he might be done when it was 35-0 at halftime.

Ohio State 35, Rutgers 0 (Halftime): The score pretty much says it all. One team is good and one team is bad.

Ohio State 28, Rutgers 0 (Q2, 4:08): Speaking of Johnnie Dixon, he looks amazing tonight. On his second touchdown of the night, he showed exactly what the Buckeyes thought he could be when they signed him back in 2014.

Ohio State 21, Rutgers 0 (Q2, 7:34): Johnnie Dixon could not have been any more open if he tried. There wasn’t anyone within 30 yards of him, but it still felt like it took J.T. Barrett way too long to notice.

Ohio State 14, Rutgers 0 (Q2, 8:37): Roughly 20 minutes in, I feel pretty confident saying Rutgers is not a good team. We’ll see what the Ohio State offense is able to do, though.

Ohio State 14, Rutgers 0 (Q2, 14:56): Ohio State is using its running backs really well tonight. J.K. Dobbins has shown his typical explosiveness, but now the Buckeyes have Mike Weber’s power too.

Ohio State 7, Rutgers 0 (Q1, 10:29): Hey, how about that? It turns out J.T. Barrett still knows how to run the read option pretty well. On top of that, Mike Weber came in for the second series and looked pretty good himself.

Ohio State 0, Rutgers 0 (Q1, 11:16): Both teams have started slow. Rutgers clearly doesn’t trust the Buckeyes to be able to throw, given that the Scarlet Knights enforced a holding penalty when declining it would have made it fourth-and-2. However, the Buckeyes have a history of rough starts against Rutgers and it’s never affected the final score.

Pregame updates

7:25 p.m.: Here’s a great shot of Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano meeting with his former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand

7:13 p.m.: It doesn’t look like the Buckeyes will have to face Janarion Grant, Rutgers’ best offensive weapon. He was in sweats during warmups.

6:30 p.m.: Ohio State will be without three players who otherwise would have made the trip: defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, safety Erick Smith and running back Antonio Williams

Ohio State-Rutgers game time, details

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Location: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.

Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 68 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain

The line: Ohio State is a 30-point favorite

Over/under: 54 points

Ohio State-Rutgers preview

Ohio State and Rutgers don’t exactly have a storied history in terms of facing each other. They’d never played before the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2014, and each of the three games so far have been blowouts in favor of the Buckeyes. This season probably will be more of the same, with oddsmakers installing Ohio State as a 30-point favorite over Rutgers. However, an improving Rutgers defense could make things difficult for the Buckeyes offense, which is still trying to work through some things as the Penn State game draws near.

Here are three things to watch as the game unfolds:

1. Chipping away

This might come as a surprise, but here are the first-quarter scores of Ohio State’s previous three games against Rutgers: 14-7, 7-0, 6-0. The final scores: 56-17, 49-7, 58-0. So while the Buckeyes have started slow against the Scarlet Knights, they’ve gotten things into gear eventually. It’s a similar phenomenon to what occurred in the Indiana game at the start of the 2017 season. Over the course of four quarters, superior athletes are going to find ways to make plays. It’s hard for outmatched opponents to shut down the Buckeyes for an entire game. If the Buckeyes struggle early, they would be well-served to keep trying to get the ball to playmakers in space. Eventually the hits will come, as history has shown.

2. Mike Weber’s role

Urban Meyer has said that running back Mike Weber will play against the Scarlet Knights. To what extent remains unclear. How Weber is used — and how healthy he truly is — could help determine the way this game is played. It could be a scenario where the Buckeyes try to get him and J.K. Dobbins 10-15 carries each, perhaps reducing J.T. Barrett’s running load. Or Weber could be used situationally. If he’s good to go, his power combined with Dobbins’ explosiveness could make it a long night for Rutgers. If he gets only 3-4 carries, that’s one less problem for the Knights to worry about.

3. Big plays

The Buckeyes pass defense remains under fire from coaches and fans alike. However, the Buckeyes did play better against UNLV despite penalties, allowing fewer than 100 passing yards. With that being said, the cornerbacks and safeties still have work to do to get to where they need to be. And specifically for this game, Ohio State needs to make sure it avoids allowing the big plays that can keep underdogs hanging around against better teams.

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