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Penn State Plays Underdog Roll at Ohio State

Hyped by on October 23, 2017

Penn State moved up to No. 2 in the country and topped Michigan last week, only to be rewarded as 6-point underdogs at Ohio State this weekend, according to recent betting odds for Penn State vs Ohio State.

The original line was seven points, but that seems to be shrinking as the Nittany Lions have proven they could win against the Buckeyes a year ago en route to the Big Ten Championship.

This year, there’s plenty more on the line, including an inside track toward the Big Ten East Division title, not to mention a leg up on the College Football Playoffs and the rest of the field in the national polls.

The Lions (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) are rolling high, improving to 7-0 after last week’s 42-13 win over Michigan, but that did come during a White-out crowd of 110,823 fans in Happy Valley.

Not to be outdone, the Buckeyes have won five straight and enjoyed a bye week this past weekend, so will be well rested and plenty prepared for the No. 2 team in the country.

In their last outing, Ohio State blasted host Nebraska 56-14 and never even punted in the game.

But if they’re going to get back in the hunt, they’re going to have to figured out a way to contains Heisman frontrunner Saquan Barkley, who has been running wild this season and is coming off a three-touchdown game where he averaged 7.2 yards per carry.

That said, Ohio State is clearly the toughest offense Penn State has run into this season, and the expect both teams to come out of the gates strong. Ohio State has scored on its opening possession in all but one game since it’s early season loss to Oklahoma.

Penn State has scored in less than 10 snaps in five of their seven wins. Combine that with the nation’s leading scoring defense (9.6 ppg) and it’s going to be quite a battle at The Horseshoe.

Ohio State is second to only UCF, scoring 47.3 points per game, totaling 54 or more in each of its past four games. 

The Buckeyes defense also hasn’t allowed more than 19 points in a game, but that could change this weekend against Barkley and company. Barkley is currently leading all I-A schools with 211.1 all purpose yards per game, while quarterback Trace McSorley leads the Big Ten in passing yards a game at 268.4.
Should be quite the showdown at The Horseshoe.