College Football Pick: Penn State vs. Ohio State – Week 9

The College Football world turns it’s attention to Columbus Ohio, as the Big Ten sees two of it’s top teams in action, as the Ohio State Buckeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions.  The Ohio State Buckeyes have one loss on the season, but their 6-0 record and 4-1 record in the Big Ten East has them still primed to find a way into the national title picture. The lone loss for the Buckeyes came at home to the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Penn State Nittany Lions come into the game ranked 2nd in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Penn State whipped the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday to set up for this big game. The Ohio State Buckeyes are a touchdown favorite in this game over the Nittany Lions.

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Ohio State Wants Back in Picture

he Buckeyes know with a win they have a chance to get back into the talk for the national title, and definitely head to the Big Ten title game. The Ohio State Buckeyes are led by Urban Meyer, and are at home in this game. Despite that, the lone loss ths season for the Buckeyes was at home.  Ohio State’s JT Barrett is 100+ yards shy of 2,000 passing yards this season. His top target has been Parris Campbell, with 28 receptions, 405 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The running game has seen J.K. Dobbins anchor the way with 775 yards on 100 carries. The Buckeyes come into the game as the top scoring team in all of college football.  Ohio State still has Michigan State and Michigan on their 2017 schedule. Since the loss, the Buckeyes have scored 38, 54, 56, 62 and 56. None of the last five games have been any closer than 31 points.

Nittany Lions Unbeaten

 Saquan Barkley has been outstanding at running back for the Nittany Lions. The running back had 176 all purpose yards in the win over Michigan. That moved him to third in Penn State history, and puts him just 359 yards away from the record. This season, Barkley has rushed for 757 yards and 8 touchdowns. Barkley has over 400 receiving yards as well.

Penn State’s top receiver this season has been DaeSean Hamilton. He leads the team with 28 receptions, 481 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Nittany Lions come into this game as the best defensive team in the nation, allowing 9.6 points per game. Penn State’s best win to this point came on the road at Iowa, by 2.

Ohio State Shakes it Up

Penn State is once again a top team in NCAA Football. This is a game a lot of college football fans should be excited for. We have the best offensive team in Ohio State against the best defensive team in Penn State. What a game it will be in Columbus.

Look for the Buckeyes to control the tempo of the game, and crack the code on the fantastic Penn State defense. Ohio State is going to win this game, and winning by more than a touchdown seems to be the way to go. Take the Ohio State Buckeyes -7 over the Penn State Nittany Lions in the big showdown on Saturday.

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