Ohio State and Penn State are set for a titanic matchup Saturday in Happy Valley, and we’ll all be watching. Here’s five reasons Ohio State will come out victorious.
Ohio State vs. Penn State. As much as Michigan is the ultimate rival now and forever for the Buckeye program, the matchups with the Nittany Lions have meant more over the last few years.
Penn State stole the Big Ten championship away from Ohio State in 2016, and the Buckeyes returned the favor by stealing the game at home last year. Now it’s time for another installment where three of the last four meetings have all been won by seven points or less.
But who will win? Here’s five reasons Ohio State will walk away as the winner when all the crazy white out business is done.
Ohio State’s Defensive Line
Yeah, Nick Bosa appears to be lost until at least November, but Ohio State’s defensive line is still the best in the conference with or without him. Jonathon Cooper, Chase Young, Robert Landers, Dre’Mont Jones and company are going to force quarterback Trace McSorley into quicker decisions and inaccurate throws. For all the hub-bub surrounding the senior Penn State QB, he’s completing just 53.8% of his passes so far in 2018.
On the ground, the Penn State offensive line won’t get the push for Miles Sanders it has against lesser competition either. The Nittany Lions will make plays, but not as many, and will find it much, much harder to establish balance against OSU’s D-line.