As Ohio State prepares to travel to the Big Ten's jewel on the East Coast -- we're talking about Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. -- it's easy to wonder whether the personality of this team has been established. Is it Exhibit A, the group that through the first six weeks of the season underperformed at times against inferior competition but nevertheless did what it had to do to emerge unscathed?

As Ohio State prepares to travel to the Big Ten's jewel on the East Coast -- we're talking about Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. -- it's easy to wonder whether the personality of this team has been established.

Is it Exhibit A, the group that through the first six weeks of the season underperformed at times against inferior competition but nevertheless did what it had to do to emerge unscathed?

Or should we consider Exhibit B, a team that displayed against Penn State flashes of brilliance offensively that could make moot whatever deficiencies there are on defense, what with a possible 40 or 50 points being scored on a regular basis?

Or is there an Exhibit C lurking, one that won't reveal itself until the expected upgrade of competition -- namely Michigan State on Nov. 21 and Michigan the following weekend -- sets up shop on the opposite sideline?

And about those quarterbacks ... Is J.T. Barrett's grip on the starting role strong enough that the question won't continue to be raised every Monday? Or will continued uncertainty about who will be directing the offense on a weekly basis play a part in defining the 2015 Buckeyes?

Your panel of football prognosticators is happy that its task isn't trying to answer those questions. Instead, we'll stick to the games themselves.

This week's games:

Ohio State at Rutgers
Northwestern at Nebraska
Penn State at Maryland
Wisconsin at Illinois
Memphis at Tulsa
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Kentucky at Mississippi State
Clemson at Miami
Duke at Virginia Tech
Utah at USC

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Last week's results:

Bob Hunter 8-2
Bill Rabinowitz 8-2
Ray Stein 8-2
Rob Oller 7-3
Todd Jones 6-4
Tim May 6-4
Rob Dewolf 5-5

Year-to-date standings:

Bob Hunter 52-18
Bill Rabinowitz 49-21
Rob Oller 48-22
Todd Jones 46-24
Ray Stein 43-27
Rob Dewolf 41-29
Tim May 40-30

>> Predict Ohio State vs. Rutgers, plus other games

This week's picks (pickers listed alphabetically and certainly not in order of importance -- or expertise):

Rob Dewolf, BuckeyeXtra editor

Ohio State 62, Rutgers 14:Buckeye Nation gets the rout it has been thirsting for since Jan. 13.

Nebraska over Northwestern
Penn State over Maryland
Wisconsin over Illinois
Memphis over Tulsa
Ole Miss over Texas A&M
Mississippi State over Kentucky
Miami over Clemson
Duke over Virginia Tech
Utah over USC

Bob Hunter, Dispatch sports columnist

Ohio State 51, Rutgers 24: Barrett start good for Buckeyes, bad for Rutgers.

Nebraska over Northwestern
Penn State over Maryland
Wisconsin over Illinois
Memphis over Tulsa
Ole Miss over Texas A&M
Mississippi State over Kentucky
Clemson over Miami
Virginia Tech over Duke
USC over Utah

Todd Jones, Dispatch college football writer

Ohio State 38, Rutgers 20: The switch to J.T. Barrett makes sense because he's a better fit for an OSU offense that doesn't have a deep receiving threat. Look for the Buckeyes to take another step toward the real season that begins Nov. 21.

Nebraska over Northwestern
Penn State over Maryland
Wisconsin over Illinois
Tulsa over Memphis
Ole Miss over Texas A&M
Kentucky over Mississippi State
Clemson over Miami
Duke over Virginia Tech
Utah over USC

Tim May, Dispatch beat writer

Ohio State 59, Rutgers 20: The Scarlet Knights have some offense but not enough to keep up with the Scarlet and Gray.

Nebraska over Northwestern
Penn State over Maryland
Wisconsin over Illinois
Memphis over Tulsa
Texas A&M over Ole Miss
Kentucky over Mississippi State
Clemson over Miami
Duke over Virginia Tech
Utah over USC

Rob Oller, Dispatch sports columnist

Ohio State 52, Rutgers 7: The old QB switcheroo works wonders, and just in time because the College Football Playoff committee is watching. #stylepoints

Nebraska over Northwestern
Penn State over Maryland
Wisconsin over Illinois
Memphis over Tulsa
Ole Miss over Texas A&M
Mississippi State over Kentucky
Miami over Clemson
Duke over Virginia Tech
Utah over USC

Bill Rabinowitz, Dispatch beat writer

Ohio State 52, Rutgers 21: With J.T. Barrett running the show, the offense has looked smoother. If the Buckeyes defense can cut down on big plays, this should be a comfortable win.

Nebraska over Northwestern
Penn State over Maryland
Wisconsin over Illinois
Memphis over Tulsa
Texas A&M over Ole Miss
Mississippi State over Kentucky
Clemson over Miami
Duke over Virginia Tech
Utah over USC

Ray Stein, Dispatch sports editor

Ohio State 49, Rutgers 23: Maybe this is the week the Buckeyes get all retro and return to the 50s -- points, not decade. They haven't hit it thus far in 2015, but Capt. J.T. Barrett gives them a better chance.

Nebraska over Northwestern
Penn State over Maryland
Wisconsin over Illinois
Memphis over Tulsa
Ole Miss over Texas A&M
Mississippi State over Kentucky
Miami over Clemson
Duke over Virginia Tech
USC over Utah