Harrison: Final Thoughts Before Ohio State vs. Penn State 2018

Ohio State vs. Penn State Final Thoughts

Harrison: Final Thoughts Before Ohio State vs. Penn State 2018

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Harrison: Final Thoughts Before Ohio State vs. Penn State 2018


Each week we bring you some random thoughts before Ohio State takes to the gridiron. The big one is here as the Buckeyes travels to play Penn State.


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  • I admit, I really don’t know what to think about this Penn State team. They Nittany Lions have looked fantastic on offense, but they haven’t exactly gone against college football royalty. That makes it hard to know how these two teams stack up.
  • Speaking of which, Ohio State has looked even more impressive, but just how good is TCU really? Maryland beat Texas rather handily who then ate the Horned Frogs, chewed them up and spit them out.
  • Both offenses have been lights out. Penn State is first in the country in scoring and Ohio State is No. 2. Despite all of this, the defenses will be what wins Saturday night.
  • Is it just a permanent thing now that when Ohio State comes to Happy Valley, a whiteout is in order?
  • On that note, the Buckeyes are 2-2 in whiteout games. The losses were in 2005 and 2016. The wins? They were in 2012 and 2014, but only 2012 came with relative ease. It’s always tough to come out of the whiteout conditions unscathed.
  • By the way, Urban Meyer is 2-1 in whiteout games.
  • Also, I feel pretty good about Ohio State being the better team, but that doesn’t mean it wins Saturday night.
  • I keep hearing folks proclaim Penn State running back Miles Sanders to be as dangerous as Saquon Barkley. No way. No how. That’s like comparing Metallica to Nickelback. I’ve seen a lot of running backs in my time and few compare to that kid.
  • We mentioned defense as the separator already, but on the Ohio State side — most specifically — it’ll come down to the linebackers and defensive backs’ play.
  • Stat that’ll surprise you: Trace McSorley is only completing 53.8% of his passes this year. A lot of that can be attributed to some 50/50 balls the coaches like to call down the sidelines, but it’s not all that. I think you have to make the senior QB beat you in the air if you’re Ohio State.
  • I know Haskins is playing like all the Marvel comic book heroes put together so far this year, but don’t be surprised if J.K. Dobbins has a big game in this one. Weber isn’t 100%, and what better way to take control on the road in hostile conditions than getting things going on the ground to open things up through the air.
  • That’s because Illinois put up 245 yards on the ground against this Penn State defense. Yes, Illinois — you know — the team that hasn’t won a Big Ten game since November 5, 2016. That’s thirteen-straight conference losses.
  • Anyone else feel like Penn State fans think they invented football now that they’ve had a little success recently? Reminder — the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Ohio.
  • Speaking of which, Penn State clearly thinks more of this game than Ohio State does. It’s “Ohio State week” in College Station. It’s simply another big game for the Buckeye faithful. The Nittany Lions don’t really have a true rivalry so … I guess Ohio State it is.
  • I have to admit — I get a little nauseous listening to Zombie Nation and the multiple lion roars over the PA system during these whiteouts.
  • The narrative coming into this game is that the loser has no shot at the College Football Playoff because of how bad the Big Ten has shown in the non-conference this year. I don’t buy it. There are too many permutations still to go this year to make that leap. Let’s say for example Ohio State wins out and is Big Ten champion with just one-loss at the end of it. Do you really think it won’t be considered? Nah.
  • Game on, let’s do this …

 

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