Penn State vs. Ohio State - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) at Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday night in a Big Ten college football showdown at Beaver Stadium on ABC.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to win their ninth straight game and remain in the college football playoff race. The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t lost a road game since their 2011 loss to the Michigan Wolverines. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,207 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Barrett has 10 touchdown passes in his last four games. Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson have combined for 635 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Noah Brown has 16 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 300.5 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 612 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 12.8 points and 278.8 yards per game. Jerome Baker leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 39 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has four sacks and Malik Hooker has four interceptions.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions look for another big win after winning three of their last four games. The Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t beat a ranked team since their 2013 win over the Wisconsin Badgers. Trace McSorley is completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,436 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. McSorley has four touchdown passes in his last three games. DeAndre Thompkins and Chris Godwin have combined for 1,008 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Mike Gesicki has 23 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 152.1 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 582 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 28.5 points and 381.5 yards per game. Marcus Allen leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 57 tackles, Garrett Sickels has 2.5 sacks and John Reid has one interception.
The over is 7-0 in Buckeyes last 7 games on grass. The Nittany Lions are 1-12 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. The Buckeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the favorite is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Penn State has struggled this season and a lot of it has to do with an offense that relies on nothing but Barkley to make plays, but the Nittany Lions have had a boatload of injuries as well. The good news for Penn State is that it had a bye week to get guys healthy, while Ohio State is coming off an extremely physical game against the Wisconsin Badgers. That alone gives Penn State a chance to at least compete, and Happy Valley at night is a very tough place to play. Ohio State has the offense to blow this game open, but Penn State is still a physical club with a lot of pride, is rested and playing behind a nasty crowd that shows up.
This game could be closer than a lot of people think. Give me the points.