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No. 3 Ohio State to provide stern test for Rutgers defense

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio State Buckeyes

  1. Ohio State is 8-0 all-time against Rutgers, with all eight matchups coming since 2014. The Buckeyes have scored at least 49 points in all eight games, the longest such streak by any team against a single opponent in the last 40 years.
  2. Ohio State is coming off a 52-21 win over Wisconsin at home last week. Since losing last year's opener against Oregon in Columbus, the Buckeyes are 10-0 at home, averaging 50.9 points per game and allowing an average of 17.0 points per game.
  3. For the second consecutive week, C.J. Stroud had five touchdown passes. He now has seven games with at least five TD passes since the start of last season (16 games played). Only two other active players have more than three such games in their careers (Mississippi State's Will Rogers and Alabama's Bryce Young each have four).
  4. Rutgers lost to Iowa, 27-10, at home last week. Since the start of last season, Rutgers is 7-0 when scoring at least 17 points, and 1-9 when scoring 16 or fewer, with the lone win coming on September 17 of this season at Temple (16-14).
  5. Evan Simon threw for 300 yards in the loss against Iowa, nearly doubling his previous career high (151). It was just the second 300-yard passing performance in a conference game by a Rutgers quarterback in the last seven seasons (also Noah Vedral, 381 against Michigan in 2020).

The fate of Saturday's game at Columbus, Ohio, could be decided at the coin toss when No. 3 Ohio State hosts Rutgers in a Big Ten Conference matchup.

Fast starts have been the norm for the Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0) the past two games, giving Rutgers (3-1, 0-1) fair warning if it wins the coin toss.

The Scarlet Knights might want to consider receiving the opening kickoff and keeping the potent Ohio State offense off the field as long as possible.

In the Buckeyes' 77-21 victory against Toledo on Sept. 17, coach Ryan Day decided to receive the opening kickoff rather than deferring to the second half. Ohio State scored a touchdown on its first possession, and the next six possessions as well, while reaching the end zone on 11 of its first 12 drives.

When Wisconsin won the coin toss last week, the Badgers elected to kick off. Bad choice. The Buckeyes went 88 yards in six plays for a 7-0 lead, intercepted the Badgers on their first series and quickly scored again.

By halftime, the Buckeyes had four TDs and a field goal in their first five possessions en route to 52-21 win.

"We got into a good rhythm early on. We hit a couple of those passes, and that was big," Day said. "We got some movement in the run game. When you have that balance of run and pass, you can be more explosive because they can't focus in one area."

The Buckeyes are third nationally in scoring at 48.8 points per game, but Rutgers, whose head coach, Greg Schiano, was the defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Ohio State from 2016-18, will rely on its defense to stay in the game.

Rutgers is No. 2 against the run (56.5 yards per game), ninth in total defense (249.5) and 25th in scoring defense (17.3 points per game).

Schiano acknowledges Rutgers, which lost 27-10 to Iowa in its conference opener last week, hasn't faced a team the caliber of the Buckeyes.

Against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes had 10 plays of 10-plus yards on their first 14 snaps.

"If you play poorly against a team like Ohio State, it really gets exposed, right?" Schiano said. "So you go play poorly against a good team, you might not look great. You play poorly against them and it's a matter of how many (points), what is the difference."

Another concern for Schiano is at quarterback. Senior Noah Vedral is recovering from surgery, and sophomore Gavin Wimsatt has been injured, leaving third-string sophomore Evan Simon as the lone scholarship QB vs. Iowa.

Simon was 28 of 49 for a career-high 300 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, including a pick six, against the Hawkeyes.

"I think one thing you can say, he is a tough son of a gun now," Schiano said. "He stood in there and made some throws, and as he was letting it go, he was getting hit but he didn't flinch."

Schiano said Monday the status of Vedral and Wimsatt will be known later in the week.

For the Buckeyes, Day said starting cornerbacks Cam Brown and Denzel Burke and receiver Jaxon-Smith Njigba might return from injuries after sitting out the last game.

-- Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2022

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