(4) Ohio State at (9) Penn State – 7:30 p.m. ET – ABC
In one of the two marquee games of the week, the Penn State Nittany Lions will host the Ohio State Buckeyes as three-point underdogs in a game that can help sort out early College Football Playoff contenders.
Penn State opened the season by almost losing to Appalachian State, but since then, no one has been able to slow them down. The Nittany Lions offense ranks in the top-15 of nearly every statistical category, but the defense has been just as impressive and has held opponents to 19 points per game.
Quarterback Trace McSorley has done it all this season and with a win against Ohio State, he should firmly cement his name on the Heisman Watch list. On the year, McSorely has thrown for 763 yards and rushed for another 235 with 14 total touchdowns over four games. However, running back Miles Sanders has done his part as well and has cut up opposing defenses all season. If the Nittany Lions want to put themselves on top of the Big Ten, they should look to establish their lethal running attack early in the game Saturday.
Ohio State has been just as impressive offensively to start the season but has not been as stout against the run as the fans would like. The Buckeyes will be without star defensive end Nick Bosa, who is out indefinitely after undergoing abdominal surgery.
The Penn State defense will still have to find a way to slow down quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who has been putting up video game stats this season. If the Ohio State defense steps up and slows down the Penn State rushing attack, Haskins should have no problem putting up the points needed to escape with a victory.
Any team making a trip to Beaver Stadium should expect a rocking atmosphere, but Ohio State is one that will be ready for the challenge. Expect the Buckeyes to narrowly escape defeat in a high scoring game over Penn State.