Ohio State (6-0, 3-0) at Penn State (4-2, 2-1)
When: Saturday, October 22nd 2016
Where: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: ABC
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to continue their impressive run through the Big Ten when the visit the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night. The Buckeyes are coming off a huge road win at Wisconsin last week in overtime and have now won 13 consecutive night games and are 17-0 in October under head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes have scored at least 30 points in every game this season and are ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (49.3). Quarterback J.T. Barrett ran for two touchdowns and found Noah Brown for the winning score in overtime – Barrett’s school-record 89th overall touchdown. The Buckeyes have won 20 straight road games – a school record and the longest active streak in the country – thanks to a balanced dominance on both sides of the ball. Ohio State allows just 12.8 points per game and has given up only one touchdown on the ground all season, not to mention 13 turnovers forced in six games.
After dropping their Big Ten opener at Michigan 49-10, the Nittany Lions have come back to win two straight over Minnesota and Maryland to stay in the hunt in the East. Offensively, the Lions are getting better, scoring 29 and 38 points the last two games behind the running of Saquon Barkley. The sophomore running back had a career-high 202 rushing yards in the last game against Maryland and Barkley has eight rushing TDs this season. He was averaging under four yards per carry in each of his previous two games before breaking-out against Maryland. Trace McSorley has 154 rushing yards over the last two games while leading the Penn State air attack that ranks third in the Big Ten in passing. Penn State has won 10 of its last 11 home games. The Lions will play three of their next four on the road after Saturday.
The Lions are coming off a bye week while the Buckeyes had a hard-fought overtime nail-bitter in Madison. Ohio State is the better team, but this is Penn State’s biggest game of the year and the crowd will be rocking. This is a lot of points to lay on the road, so I’m taking the home-dog in this one.
Pick: Penn State +19.5