Ohio State vs. Penn State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
Ohio State (4-0) vs. Penn State (4-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win
Dwayne Haskins has only needed four games to turn into a Heisman candidate and a possible No. 1 overall draft pick type of talent.
This passing game has been at a whole other level for the Buckeyes.
He’s hitting 76% of his passes, and it’s not like he’s simply dinking and dunking. He’s pushing the ball down the field – averaging over ten yards per throw – with 16 scoring passes and just one pick.
Penn State’s secondary has been great over the last three games, but it hasn’t faced anyone who can throw the ball with any pop or consistency. As long as Haskins is getting time, he should be able to fire at will.
But the real hidden gem, though, might be the sleeping Ohio State running game.
The defensive front of Penn State has been outstanding at getting behind the line, but the run D has been glued at times. It gave up 245 yards to Illinois, and 245 more to Pitt a few weeks earlier. The Buckeyes have been relying on Haskins – and why not? – but they have NFL running backs waiting to be unleashed.
JK Dobbins and Mike Weber hasn’t been used a whole lot lately. That’s about to change.
One Reason Why Penn State Will Win
The Ohio State defense hasn’t been tested in three of the four games, but TCU’s Robinson was able to throw for 308 yards and make his share of big plays in the Horned Frog loss.
And now it’s Trace McSorley’s time to make a Heisman-like statement.
While McSorley hasn’t been Haskins in terms of production, he’s been able to come through clutch, has made the offense explode, and has done everything right for an offense that’s looking sharper and sharper as the season has gone on.
He’ll never be Drew Brees when it comes to accuracy, but the offense leads the nation in scoring, averaging over 55 points per game, because McSorley has been that good when he needs to be, and the running game has been devastating.
Miles Sanders turned it on for 200 yards and three scores in the win over Illinois, and the ground attack as a whole has hit the 200-yard mark in every game, and over 300 against the Illini.
The Buckeyes have been run on a wee bit at times, and now the Nittany Lions will give it a shot.
But it’ll be McSorley’s game to pull off.
What’s Going To Happen
Yeah, it’s going to be a white out, and yeah, Penn State is going to crank up one of the best environments in college football this season.
And then Ohio State will get off the bus.
The last two games between the two powerhouses have been classics, and as it turned out, they were the Big Ten championships. There’s still a whole lot of work ahead for both teams, but in effect, call this a College Football Playoff elimination game.
The Buckeyes will overcome a few big Penn State haymakers to take over in the second half, with Haskins leading the way to two big scoring drives to pull ahead, but not quite away.
The Ohio State defense will need to come up with a few late stops to survive, and it will.
Expect nothing less than another classic.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Ohio State 34, Penn State 30
Line: Ohio State -3.5, o/u: 71
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 5
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