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Big Ten: Penn State vs Ohio State 10/29/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1)
October 29, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions +14.5 / Ohio State Buckeyes -14.5; Over/Under: -
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes clash Saturday in week 9 Big Ten college football action from Beaver Stadium. Ohio State is fresh off a matchup versus Iowa. In that one, the Buckeyes won by 44 points. As for Penn State, they played Minnesota in their last outing. The Lions also won their matchup in a blowout. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.

Ohio State opened up the season with a 21-10 win over Notre Dame, then took out Arkansas State 45-12. The Buckeyes kept it rolling with wins 77-21 over Toledo, 52-21 over Wisconsin, 49-10 against Rutgers and 49-20 versus Michigan State. 

In the Iowa game, the Buckeyes scored double-digit points in every quarter and held the Hawkeyes to zero second-half points in a 54-10 win. QB CJ Stroud managed 286 yards with four touchdowns and a pick. Julian Fleming caught two balls for 105 yards and a score. 

Over on the Penn State side, their year opened up with a five-game win streak. The Lions took out Purdue 35-31, Ohio 46-10, Auburn 41-12, Central Michigan 33-14 and Northwestern 17-7 before their first loss to Michigan 41-17. 

Matched up against Minnesota, Penn State got off to a bit of a slow start but made up for it with 21 third-quarter points in a 45-17 blowout win. QB Sean Clifford finished with 295 yards, four scores and a pick. Nick Singleton added 79 rush yards with two more scores. 

The Buckeyes are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five overall and 3-0-1 ATS in the last four conference games. Ohio State is 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine after an ATS win.
Meanwhile, the Lions are 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 after a straight-up win and the over is 4-0 in the last four versus a team with a winning record.

PICK: I’m probably going to stay with Ohio State. That said, both teams are coming off impressive victories so this one could go either way cover-wise. The Buckeyes dominated Iowa over the weekend, holding the Hawkeyes to just 158 total yards, eight first downs, six turnovers and an ugly 1-of-13 rate on third-down attempts. Ohio State wasn’t particularly great offensively (360 yards, two turnovers, 3-of-13 on third downs), but they didn’t need to be. 

As for Penn State, they posted some pretty solid defense stats themselves, giving up just 16 first downs and a 2-of-13 run on third-down tries. Ohio State will mark a hefty step up in talent however, and I don’t think the Lions will have much room. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -14.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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