- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

RUTGERS (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) at No. 13 OHIO STATE (4-1, 1-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Line: Ohio State by 19.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The visiting Scarlet Knights have gotten off to a fine start in their new conference. They only lack a signature win to prove to everyone that they belong. What’s more, they could accomplish that before the largest crowd ever to see a Rutgers game. The Buckeyes, like the Scarlet Knights, have won three in a row but have run up the score against inferior teams and have yet to beat this good of an opponent.

KEY MATCHUP

Rutgers pass rush vs. Ohio State’s offensive line. The Scarlet Knights, led by DE Kemoko Turay, are third in the FBS in sacks with 24. Ohio State, which began the year with four new starters up front, is 101st in sacks allowed per game at 2.6.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Rutgers: QB Gary Nova is throwing for 267 yards a game, with 13 TDs and seven interceptions. His top target is WTR Leonte Carroo with 29 catches for 548 yards and five scores. MLB Steve Longa has 41 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Ohio State: QB J.T. Barrett has thrown 14 TD passes with only one interception in the past three games, wipeouts of defenseless Kent State, Cincinnati and Maryland. RB Ezekiel Elliott has 462 net yards, 92 ypg. The fearsome D front of Joey Bosa, Michael Bennett, Adolphus Washington and Steve Miller need to give Nova happy feet in the pocket.

FACTS & FIGURES

Rutgers is 2-0 on the road. … Both teams have played Navy, the Buckeyes winning 34-17 and the Scarlet Knights 31-24. … Ohio State has won its last 17 Big Ten regular-season games, just three behind the record set by the Buckeyes 2005-07. … Both teams are coming off bye weeks. … The Buckeyes picked off four passes against Maryland two weeks ago, their most in a game since early 2010. … A crowd of at least 105,000 is expected at Ohio Stadium. The largest crowd to ever see Rutgers play is 103,925 at Tennessee in 2002.

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