To observe their 150th anniversary, Rutgers football has a theme for every home game this season. When they host the Buckeyes they will be "Celebrating the 2000s..."
That's a decade (2000-2009) in which they went 58-63.
With such a history, naturally, Scarlet Knights fans are incredibly hungry for a winning team. They haven't gotten that this year, as they are out to a 2-7 start, and parted ways with head coach Chris Ash on September 29.
Today they are facing the country's top team in scoring offense and defense, while they are 125th in scoring defense and have put up fewer points per game than all but Northwestern and Akron.
Ohio State has played three quarterbacks this year. Rutgers has started three different quarterbacks.
Freshman Johnny Langan has been under center the past five games. The mobile signal caller has six interceptions and three passing touchdowns. (That's part of the reason they are 127th in turnover margin.)
Chase Young, who will sit out again this week for the Scarlet and Grey, has more sacks (13.5) than the Scarlet Knights have as a team (11).
With all that said, the point spread this week (around 53) is almost as great as the largest margin of victory Ohio State has ever had in five previous games against Rutgers, a 58-0 thrashing in 2016.
Ohio State and Rutgers play at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. Our pregame on 610 WTVN will start at 1:00 p.m.
Other Rutgers nuggets:
- Rutgers has not scored first in any one of their games this season.
- They have been outscored by a combined total of 330-132. If you look only at their losses, the average score of those games has been 39-6.
- This is the first opponent that Ohio State's Ryan Day has faced twice as a head coach.
- OSU defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste played for Rutgers interim head coach Nunzio Campanile at Bergen Catholic.