Game Day: Penn State vs Ohio State 10/31/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

Game Day: Penn State vs Ohio State 10/31/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) at Penn State Nittany Lions (0-1)

College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +12.5 -- Over/Under: 61.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in week 9 Big Ten college football action at Beaver Stadium in a matchup that traditionally yields close games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off a blowout win over Nebraska and hope to start 2-0 for the third straight season. The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t lost a road game since October of 2018. Justin Fields is completing 95.2 percent of his passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Fields has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 11 games. Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave have combined for 233 receiving yards and one touchdown while Julian Fleming has one reception. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 222 yards per contest, and Trey Sermon leads the way with 55 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 17 points and 377 yards per game. Pete Werner leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with seven tackles, Haskell Garrett has one sack and Dallas Gant has one forced fumble.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are coming off an overtime loss to Indiana and hope to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2012 CFB season. The Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t lost a home game since October of 2018. Sean Clifford is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 238 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Clifford has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Jahan Dotson and Pat Freiermuth have combined for 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Daniel George has three receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 250 yards per contest, and Clifford leads the way with 119 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 36 points and 211 yards per game. Shaka Toney leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with seven tackles, Joey Porter Jr. has one sack and Lamont Wade has one interception.

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The Buckeyes are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The under is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 games overall. The under is 9-4 in Nittany Lions last 13 conference games. The Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are obviously the better football team in this matchup and Fields looked to have picked up right where he left off last season. OSU should be big favorites. However, this line is a lot different than it was when it opened up earlier in the year, and Penn State is still a more than respectable team despite its shaky showing against Indiana. The Penn State Nittany Lions have an experienced quarterback who can put up numbers, and their defensive front seven usually thrives in big games. Also, each of the last four meetings between Ohio State and Penn State have been decided by 11 or less points. In three meetings between 2018 and 2016, the games were decided by a combined five points. Ohio State is great, but the Penn State Nittany Lions are being a bit disrespected with this line.

Give me the points.

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Randy’s Pick Penn State Nittany Lions +12.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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