Oct 31, 2021, 4:32 pm ET in NCAAF
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Expert Top Pick of the Day: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes

NCAAF Betting Picks Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes

College Gameday has a very special game coming up between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Nittany Lions are squaring off against the Buckeyes in what should be a great college football game. Lots of different factors play into this game. These two are currently leading the way in their conference, as the Nittany Lions are coming in with a record of 5-2, and the Buckeyes are 6-1 so far in this season.

The two Big 10 heavyweights have some history in their recent meetings, but the Buckeyes have dominated most of these games since 2017. That being said, so far, the Nittany Lions have not found the answer to beat Ohio State since then, and the series continues this weekend.

When it comes to putting points on the scoreboard, the Buckeyes are showing superiority averaging 49.3 points per game, while the Nittany Lions are at 27.4. This could make a difference in how the offense is going to be managed to deliver for each team and how the defense will be a key factor for this matchup.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule

  • Date: Saturday, October 30
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
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Penn State Likes to Throw

The Nittany Lions football team is currently led by the QB Sean Clifford who has already accumulated 1647 yards this season. On the ground, their best rusher is Noah Cain who has 245 yards. The team’s top receiver is Jahan Dotson with 563 yards receiving in the passing game. 

It is clear that Penn State likes to throw the ball. They stay in the pocket and get the ball out to their talented receivers.

Penn State has been disappointing as of late, losing their last two contests to both Iowa and Illinois. The preview loss came in a 9 overtime thriller to the Fighting Illini.

The Nittany Lions are currently fourth in the Big Ten standings, just behind Ohio State. They look to creep ahead with a win this weekend.

Buckeyes Putting Up Big Numbers

Ohio State is currently one of the most powerful offensive teams in college football. The Buckeyes are currently number one in the Big Ten East and want to validate this spot by beating one of the contenders in Penn State. After a dominant win against Indiana, a game that finished 54-7, the Buckeyes are now moving on to this big matchup with the Nittany Lions.

Playing at home, the Buckeyes are coming into this game with a conference record of 4-0 and want to keep it as clean as possible this Saturday. A key for this game will be the ground game for the Buckeyes.

While they play a very versatile offensive style of football, they will need to overcome the very strong defense from the Nittany Lions by giving the ball to RB TreVeyon Henderson, who has been outstanding recently.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds Comparison

The Buckeyes are double digit favorites in this game. 

The all-around game that the Buckeyes possess will play a very important factor. Penn State has some serious limitations running the ball on the ground. This should help Ohio State take care of business on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the odds.

  • DraftKings has the Buckeyes at -1125 and -19.5 points, and a total of 61.
  • FanDuel has the Buckeyes at -1050 and -19.5 points and a total of 61.5.
  • BetMGM has the Buckeyes at -1111 and -18.5 points, and a total of 61.

Godds Pick or Prediction of the Game

This should be a great football game between two perennial power-house Big Ten teams. Penn State will do everything possible to stop the Buckeyes offense, but will not be able to hold it for the entire game.

The scoring power of Ohio State will be too much for the Nittany Lions, moving the Buckeyes ahead more in the Big 10.
Godds Pick/Prediction: Ohio State to cover the spread, and the total goes over.