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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State set for final tune-up game at Rutgers

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Ohio State is a massive road favorite for their matchup against Rutgers. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State set for final tune-up game at Rutgers

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Ohio State vs. Rutgers game time, details

Ohio State is 5-0 all-time against Rutgers, with all five meetings coming since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are 2-0 in Piscataway, outscoring Rutgers 105-7 in the two games. Ohio State has scored at least 49 points in every meeting all-time against Rutgers.

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Nov. 16

TV channel: Big Ten Network

Location: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey (capacity: 52,454)

Weather: High of 39 degrees with a 0 percent chance of precipitation

The line: The Buckeyes are a 52.5-point favorite, per BetDSI

Over/under: 61.5 points

Buckeyes missing four starters at Rutgers

The Buckeyes don’t need all of their starters to beat this hapless Rutgers team in Piscataway.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t miss them ahead of the game against Penn State next week. Ohio State will be without Chase Young, Jonathon Cooper, Baron Browning and Austin Mack against the Scarlet Knights.

Young’s timetable to return is now known; he’ll be back next week after serving a two-game suspension handed down by the NCAA. Business is about to pick up for the Buckeyes once Rutgers is out of the way. It remains to be seen if Cooper, Browning and Mack will be ready then, but it’s clear they aren’t quite ready yet.

Here’s the full availability report as announced on Friday by the program, making note that Ohio State doesn’t differentiate between injuries or disciplinary matters:

Ohio State Game-time Decisions

None

Unavailable Buckeyes

OT Josh Alabi

WR Kamryn Babb

LB Baron Browning

DE Jonathon Cooper

RB Marcus Crowley

DL Noah Donald

WR Ellijah Gardiner

DB Ronnie Hickman

OL Matt Jones

WR Austin Mack

OL Brett Novick

WR C.J. Saunders

DT Taron Vincent

DE Chase Young

Bold predictions for Ohio State road trip to Rutgers

What can be expected of the No. 2 Buckeyes as they travel to face a terrible Rutgers team? Who among the second- and third-stringers will make a difference in the second half? How will the Ohio State offense look before next week’s test against Penn State? The Lettermen Row staff passed out five bold predictions ahead of the tune-up game against the Scarlet Knights. Here’s what our staff predicted to see.

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Browning has not started a game yet.

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someone will get ‘tuned up’.

we’ve gotten away with a few ‘passing game mistakes lately’… will a couple finally ‘get us’?

will Rutgers compete? Fight? How long?

will Fields miss on 3-4 out routes [late & hi] like vs MD?

how many Buckeye records will fall in this, the ‘mismatch of the century’?

GO BUCKS! Play hard to your standards for 60 minutes. Prayers for no major injuries.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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