Here are the predictions of our local experts - and a U.S. soccer star who's a Rutgers grad - for the Ohio State game against Rutgers:

Tim May

OSU beat writer, The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State 45, Rutgers 7

Rutgers is improved defensively, but it can’t stop record-bound J.T. Barrett — with running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber now available — from repeatedly pressing the launch button.

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Bill Rabinowitz

OSU beat writer, The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State 48, Rutgers 14

This won’t be quite the cakewalk that previous OSU games against the Scarlet Knights have been, because Rutgers’ defense has improved. But the Buckeyes’ depth and overall talent advantage should make for a comfortable win.

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Bobby Carpenter

Host, 97.1 The Fan

Former OSU/NFL linebacker

Ohio State 42, Rutgers 10

The Buckeyes offense continues to grow new blossoms in the Garden State. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano’s return is no homecoming parade for the Scarlet Knights.

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Dom Tiberi

Sports anchor, WBNS 10TV

Ohio State 49, Rutgers 0

The Buckeyes will play their best game of the year so far, and in all phases. Look for Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins both to put up big numbers through a game Rutgers front.

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Alexi Lalas

FORMER U.S. SOCCER STAR

FOX soccer analyst / Rutgers grad

​Ohio State 38, Rutgers 10

Ohio State is good and Rutgers isn’t. I was told we lost to Eastern Michigan earlier this season. I choose to believe that this is simply a vicious rumor (although my Internet machine says it did actually happen).

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