Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Game Preview

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Heartbreak struck Penn State earlier than expected this year, but their playoff hopes aren’t over yet. Their loss to Minnesota set them back, but a win this week keeps them in the hunt. Beating the Ohio State Buckeyes will take a complete game without many (if any) mistakes).

Date: Saturday, November 23rd
Start time: 11:00am CT
How to watch: FOX
Line: Ohio State -18.5
Location: Ohio Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Players to watch

Ohio State Buckeyes

QB Justin Fields
RB J.K. Dobbins
DE Chase Young
LB Malik Harrison
S Jordan Fuller

Penn State Nittany Lions

QB Sean Clifford
DE Yetur Gross-Matos
WR K.J. Hamler
RB Journey Brown
S Tariq Castro-Fields

Ohio State Buckeyes Outlook

How good have the Buckeyes been? They’ve scored less than 40 points only once this season, and they’re winning games by an average margin of 41.7 points. No one seems to be on the same level as the Buckeyes, and that’s largely thanks to Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins. Fields, the transfer from Georgia, continues to thrive in a new program, while Dobbins has thrived in a backfield he doesn’t have to share. Unless Penn State can slow both of them down, we should expect a similar result to the first 10 games. Also, Chase Young is expected to return for this game on defense, which gives the Buckeyes another player for Penn State to worry about defensively.

Penn State Nittany Lions Outlook

One loss doesn’t determine a season, but it plays a big role. The Nittany Lions fell short on the road against Minnesota, but they can still make the Big Ten Championship Game. Beating Ohio State requires an even better effort than two week ago (or even last week’s win over Indiana). Sean Clifford plays a big role in their upset bid. His last two performances haven’t been great, and the Nittany Lions have struggled, losing to Minnesota and surviving against Indiana. In the four biggest games of his team’s season, Clifford’s passed for 818 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Prediction

Penn State’s heading into seemingly unwinnable territory, but they still control their destiny. Winning against the Buckeyes won’t be easy, but there’s a way for it to happen. Ohio State gets Chase Young back defensively, and that doesn’t bode well for Penn State’s offense. Stopping Fields and Dobbins presents an extremely difficult challenge for the Nittany Lions defense too. OHIO STATE 49 PENN STATE 24

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