OHIO ST over Rut­gers by 31

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With Ur­ban Meyer watch­ing from afar while serv­ing the first of his 3-game sus­pen­sion, the Buck­eyes blasted Ore­gon State, 77-31, on 723 yards of of­fense be­hind the strong and ac­cu­rate arm of new QB Dwayne Hask­ins. The sopho­more be­came the first OSU QB to throw for over 300 yards in his de­but (22 of 30 for 313 yards and 5 TDs) and did not have a planned run­ning play – quite a depar­ture from the J.T. Bar­rett days. Run­ning back Mike We­ber filled in the gap, rush­ing for 186 yards and 3 scores. The Buck­eyes are 4-1-1 ATS in their first Big Ten con­fer­ence game of the sea­son over the last six years and have cov­ered 4 straight times in this se­ries, but you know darn well we are not com­fort­able lay­ing 5 touch­downs in any game, much less one against an im­prov­ing con­fer­ence ri­val. To back that up, the well-oiled ma­chine dis­plays OSU’s 1-5 spread record as con­fer­ence chalk of more than 31 points and Rut­gers’ 5-0 ATS mark when com­ing off a SU home vic­tory. In ad­di­tion, the Scar­let Knights have a fu­ture star of their own at QB in true fresh­man Ar­tur Sitkowski, plus a trio of qual­ity RBs in­clud­ing Bos­ton Col­lege trans­fer Jon Hil­li­man and re­turn­ing starter Ra­heem Black­s­hear. Un­til cur­rent Rut­gers boss Chris Ash, a for­mer OSU as­sis­tant, can solve the Buck­eyes rid­dle – hav­ing been outscored 56-0 last year and 58-0 in 2016 – we’re ob­li­gated to join Ur­ban on the side­lines and sit this one out.

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