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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/26/13

Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0)

College Football: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -13.5 See the Latest Odds


The Nittany Lions are looking for a big bounce back game here on Saturday as Penn State heads to Columbus to face the Buckeyes.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting atop the Big Ten with a perfect record of 7-0, and Urban Meyer is still undefeated in his tenure as the Buckeyes head coach.  Ohio State is coming off a win against the Hawkeyes this past weekend, defeating Iowa 34-24.  It wasn’t as comfortable of a win as most Buckeye fans probably would have liked, as the Hawkeyes took the lead twice in the first half, and tied tings up late in the third quarter.  Hyde got the lead back for OSU early in the fourth, and later on the Buckeyes kicked a clinching field goal.  Ohio State moved the ball well against Iowa, averaging 8.2 yards through the air and 5.4 on the ground, and if it weren’t for this solid offense performance from OSU, the Buckeyes likely would have their first loss of the season.  The Hawkeye offense wasn’t electric on Saturday, but Iowa was efficient, throwing for an average of 7.2 per attempt, and three scores, while also rushing for a solid average of 4.8 on the day. 

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/26/13

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The Penn State Nittany Lions are coming off a crushing loss to the Wolverines two weeks ago, and honestly this team likely would have wanted to play this past weekend, rather than sit around, dwelling on that overtime loss to Michigan.  The Nittany Lions are 4-2 on the season, and considering Penn State is starting a true freshman under center, that’s pretty solid.  Penn State’s offense is averaging 33.3 points per game on the year, ranking them 34th in the nation in scoring offense.  Defensively, the Nittany Lions are playing well, allowing 23.7 points per game on average.  Penn State is about as balanced in their play calling as you can get.  The Nittany Lions don’t necessarily rack up a ton of yards per play, averaging just 5.4 on the year, but they are incredibly efficient in the red zone, scoring 92 percent of the time from inside the 20.  Look for Penn State to try and remain balanced against the Buckeyes on Saturday, as this team is not necessarily equipped to sustain a shootout with OSU, especially in Ohio Stadium at night with a freshman QB.

The Nittany Lions are 12-4-1 against the spread in their last 17 games, and the Nittany Lions are 4-2 against the number in their last six games on the road.  The Buckeyes are 7-2 in their last nine games at home against the Nittany Lions, and the total has gone over in four of the last five games for OSU.

I have to take the Buckeyes here.  Both teams have had some tough games so far, and the Buckeyes hold an advantage over the Nittany Lions in nearly every major category.  I really like what Hackenberg is doing at PSU and believe he is a star in the making, but this Ohio Stadium at night.  I think the Nittany Lions will be able to hang around for awhile and make things interesting, but in the end the Buckeyes should be able to pull away from Penn State, who is just overmatched here.

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