No. 11 Ohio State and Rutgers play on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Find the game time, TV information and watch online information before for the Ohio State-Rutgers game.
The previous three meetings have not been close. The Buckeyes opened with a 56-17 win during their 2014 national championship season, the first year of Rutgers’ Big Ten membership. The following season was a 49-7 road win in Piscataway for Ohio State that never was in doubt. Last season featured the biggest blowout of all, a 56-0 Ohio State shutout in Ohio Stadium.
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
What TV channel is showing Ohio State-Rutgers?
The game will be televised nationally on BTN.
How can I watch Ohio State-Rutgers online?
The game can be watched online via BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Ohio State-Rutgers on the radio?
Paul Keels will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus. A full list of Ohio State football radio affiliates can be found here. For Rutgers fans, a list of Rutgers football radio affiliates can be found here.
Who is calling the game for BTN?
Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Matt Millen (color analyst), Lisa Byington (sidelines)
Ohio State-Rutgers preview, keys to the game
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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