The Penn State Nittany Lions head out to Ohio Stadium to kick-off against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions (5-2) were upset at home last week 20-18 as a whopping 24.5 point favorite against Illinois. The Buckeyes (6-1) destroyed 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 HomeThe Illini came out victorious in the NCAA's first-ever nine-overtime game, edging the seventh-ranked Nittany Lions 20-18 in thrilling fashion last weekend. The sides were tied at 10 after regulation, exchanged field goals in the first two overtimes, then began to alternate one-and-done drives from the 3-yard line in the third OT as part of a format tweaked ahead of the 2021 season. In the ninth OT, Sean Clifford's pass to Parker Washington was broken up by linebacker Khalan Tolson. Illinois ended the game on their next possession.
KeAndre Lambert-Smith caught a touchdown pass and Jordan Stout added three field goals for the Nittany Lions (5-2, 2-2), who ran for just 62 yards and struggled to protect a banged-up Clifford. Their defense gave up a staggering 365 rushing yards in the loss. Penn State was a huge favorite coming into this game, and there’s no doubt they were looking forward to this huge matchup on the road against the Buckeyes. They’ll have to bring a much better defensive effort or this one could get ugly.
Buckeyes Brutalize HoosiersC.J. Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson provided all the answers for the Buckeyes as they destroyed Indiana 54-7 last Saturday night. Stroud threw four touchdown passes, Henderson scored three times and No. 5 Ohio State routed Indiana. ''It was great to see those guys running around. It looked like they were having fun out there,'' coach Ryan Day said to AP reporters after the game. ''That's good and that's part of the energy we want.'' Ohio State scored the final 37 points of the first half and Day pulled his starters after three quarters.
The surging Buckeyes have won five straight overall, 25 in a row against conference foes including their Big Ten championship game victories, an FBS-leading 12 consecutive true road games, and a conference-record 11 straight road games against league foes by double digits. The Buckeyes have been steamrolling 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 obstacle to Ohio State as they face Michigan and Michigan State later in the year.
- Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last five games
- Buckeyes are 19-1 in their last 20 home games
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- Nittany Lions are 1-9 in their last 10 games against the Buckeyes
- Nittany Lions are 2-11 in their last 13 road games against the Buckeyes