The second marquee game in the Big Ten East on Saturday will take place at the ‘Horseshoe’ as the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes welcomes the No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions to Columbus. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
After a sluggish by their standards start to the regular season, Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) is starting to look like Ohio State and they reduced Indiana to rubble last week in a 54-7 beating. Since messing around with Tulsa in mid-Septmeber, the Buckeyes have put up 52+ points in four consecutive outings with each victory coming by at least 39 points. Freshman quarterback CJ Stroud is building a strong Heisman case and he went 21-28 through the air for 266 yards and four touchdowns last week.
Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) is in the midst of a two-game losing streak and they were upset by Illinois 20-18 in a wild slugfest that went to nine overtimes because of the new NCAA overtime rules. Even with Sean Clifford at quarterback, Penn State was wholly ineffective on offense throughout the entire contest. The story out of Happy Valley has been the non-stop rumors swirling around head coach James Franklin and the LSU job, so we’ll see of that has an effect on their focus tonight and for the rest of the season.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Penn State: 10th overall, 49th offense, 6th defense
Ohio State: 1st overall, 1st offense, 20th defense
DE Hakeem Beamon Questionable - Undisclosed
CB Keaton Ellis Questionable - Undisclosed
OL Sal Wormley Questionable - Undisclosed
RB Master Teague Probable - Undisclosed
WR Julian Fleming Probable - Leg
CB Sevyn Banks Questionable - Undisclosed
Against The Spread
Penn State: 4-3 ATS
Ohio State: 4-2-1 ATS
Penn State: Over 2-5
Ohio State: Over 5-2
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Penn State: 13th overall, 14th offense, 10th defense
Ohio State: 2nd overall, 2nd offense, 3rd defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Ohio State -19.5
Moneyline: Ohio State -1125, Penn State +700
Opening line: Ohio State -12.5
Opening total: 60
Penn State +19.5
The line has jumped heavily into Ohio State’s favor and while the Buckeyes should come out with the outright victory here, 19.5 is simply too much against a Penn State team that is just a tier below OSU in terms of overall talent. The Nittany Lions make it competitive here and cover at Ohio Stadium.
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