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That Penn State Nittany Lions head out to Ohio Stadium to kick-off against Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday night. The Nittany Lions (5-2) were bored at home last week 20-18 as a huge favorite on 24.5 points against Illinois. The Buckeyes (6-1) defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 54-7 as 21-point road favorites. Ohio State opens this Big 10 matchup as 18.5 point home favorites.
Penn State upset at home
Illini came out victorious in the NCAA’s first nine-overtime match ever, where they were able to reach the seventh-ranked Nittany Lions 20-18 in an exciting way last weekend. The teams were tied at 10 after regulation, exchanging field goals in the first two overtime, and then began switching one-and-done drives from the 3-yard line in the third OT as part of a format that was adjusted prior to 2021 season. In the ninth OT, Sean Clifford’s pass to Parker Washington was broken up by linebacker Khalan Tolson. Illinois ended the match on their next possession.
KeAndre Lambert-Smith captured a touchdown pass and Jordan Stout added three field goals to the Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-2), who ran in just 62 yards and struggled to protect a knocked-out Clifford. Their defense gave up a staggering 365 rushing yards in the loss. Penn State was a huge favorite that came into this match and there is no doubt that they were looking forward to this huge away game against the Buckeyes. They will have to make a much better defensive effort, otherwise this one can get ugly.
Buckeyes Brutalize Hoosiers
CJ Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson provided all the answers for the Buckeyes when they defeated Indiana 54-7 last Saturday night. Stroud threw four touchdown passes, Henderson scored three times and No. 5 Ohio State led Indiana. ” It was great to see the guys running around. It looked like they were having fun out there, coach Ryan Day said AP journalists after the match. ” It’s good and it’s part of the energy we want. ” Ohio State scored the last 37 points in the first half and Day pulled its starters after three quarters.
The rising Buckeyes have won a total of five draws in a row, 25 in a row against conference enemies, including their Big Ten championship victories, an FBS-leading 12 consecutive real road matches and a conference record of 11 straight road matches against double-digit league enemies. The Buckeyes have steamrolled opponents since a Week 2 loss to Oregon. They scored 30 points in the second quarter against Indiana and have won five in a row by an average margin of 41.6 points. It’s the second half of the schedule that poses the real hurdle for Ohio State as they face Michigan and Michigan State later in the year.
- The Buckeyes have 4-1 ATS in their last five games
- The Buckeyes have 19-1 in their last 20 home games
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- The Nittany Lions are 1-9 in their last 10 games against the Buckeyes
- The Nittany Lions are 2-11 in their last 13 away games against the Buckeyes