Ohio State and Rutgers will square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 30. The game will air on the Big Ten Network.
The game marks the second road trip of the season for Ohio State and the fourth home game of 2017 for Rutgers. The two teams have met once in Rutgers, a game that ended in a 49-7 victory for the Buckeyes. That game featured an 8 p.m. kickoff.
Ohio State-Rutgers: 7:30 pm kickoff time on Big Ten Network.
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Ohio State-Rutgers, Week 5 date, game time
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30
Location: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.
Televsion: Big Ten Network
Ohio State-Rutgers series history
Ohio State and Rutgers have met three times, and none have gone particularly well for the Scarlet Knights. The Buckeyes opened with a 56-17 win during their 2014 national championship season, the first year of Rutgers’ Big Ten membership. The following year was a thoroughly dominant 49-7 road win in Piscataway for the Buckeyes. That was followed up last year by the biggest blowout of all, a 56-0 shutout in Ohio Stadium for Ohio State.
The 2016 game was the first meeting between Urban Meyer and Chris Ash, who took over for Rutgers last year. Ash previously worked as the safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2014-15 and helped improve the defense into its national championship form. He has not had the same success at Rutgers, however. In his first season with the Scarlet Knights, they went 2-10 and 0-9 in Big Ten play.
Things looked more promising this season, when Rutgers was competitive in a 30-14 loss to 2016 College Football Playoff participant Washington in the opener. However, that quickly was followed by a humiliating loss to Eastern Michigan. That game marked the first time in 54 attempts that Eastern Michigan had defeated a team from a Power 5 conference. The Scarlet Knights then responded by defeating FCS team Morgan State 65-0.
This game will restart conference play for the Buckeyes, who played Indiana in Week 1 before three consecutive nonconference games. Rutgers begins Big Ten play in Week 4 at Nebraska before returning home to face the Buckeyes.