Ohio State appeared to sort out some of the issues with its passing game in the blowout win over UNLV last Saturday, and the opportunity should be there for more of the same this week.
The 11th-ranked Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0) return to Big Ten play Saturday night (7 p.m. ET on BTN) at Rutgers (1-3, 0-1) as more than a four-touchdown favorite. Ohio State has won two straight after opening the conference season with a victory at Indiana and then stumbling at home against Oklahoma.
In Ohio State's 54-21 win over UNLV, J.T. Barrett torched the Rebels with five touchdown passes in less than one half.
Backup Dwayne Haskins added two after Barrett exited for the day as Ohio State's quarterbacks combined to pass for a team-record 474 yards and a school-record seven touchdown passes to a Big Ten-record seven different receivers.
The Buckeyes might not approach those numbers this week, but chances are the passing attack could continue to thrive against a Scarlet Knights secondary that lost their best player last week.
Rutgers will be without No. 1 cornerback Blessuan Austin, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 27-17 loss to Nebraska. That leaves the Scarlet Knights with inexperience in the defensive backfield against an offense with multiple weapons.
"We felt like going into the year that if we could stay healthy like we did last year that we would be fine," Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. "If we got an injury, we're on pretty thin ice -- and that's where we're at." >> Read more
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