Penn State at Ohio State Betting Preview

Ohio State Buckeyes logoThis coming Saturday the 17th of October 2015 we are in Week 7 we have the Nittany Lions of Penn State 5-1 (Big Ten East) playing at the rival undefeated No. 1 Buckeyes of Ohio State 6-0 (Big Ten East) with the game being played at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio with the kick-off scheduled for 8:05 PM ET and seen on ABC TV.

If you Bet on College then you need to know the gambling odds for this game at SBG have the No. 1 Buckeyes of Ohio State favored at -17 with the Over/under at 46 ½ and no early Money line available for either team, while the underdog Nittany Lions at +17.

Recently the Nittany Lions have been on a roll as they won their last 5 consecutive games, but now come face to face with the No. 1 Buckeyes, a team that has struggled but is still undefeated, and in this game they are seeking their 27th consecutive win over Big Ten rivals.

For the fans of the 5-1 Nittany Lions of Penn State as you know your team lost their season opener to Temple and since have managed 5 wins consecutively at home. Their biggest win recently was a 29-7 victory over the Hoosiers of Indiana.

You’re QB C. Hackenberg is not performing to his potential, but he has had 3 recent games without an interception, as against the Hoosiers he completed 21 of his 39 passing attempts for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns as well as rushing for 2 touchdowns himself. On offense Penn State is not the strongest opponent as its 11th in the Big 10 for scoring on offense, and for total offense at 13th with 345 yards per game, but they have a tendency to make big plays. They have some 20 different plays from scrimmage of 30 or more yard, and that’s the most in the Big Ten, and now they go up against the Buckeye defense that to date has allowed some 5 plays of more than 50 yards which ranks 3rd in the league.

The defense for Penn State has played well to date and is ranked 17th in defense as they allow only 3.06 rushing yard each carry and that ranks 3rd. Thus they should be able to slow down the offense of the Buckeyes as they did last year as the game was won in double overtime by Ohio State.

The fans of the 6-0 the No. 1 Buckeyes of Ohio State with a smooth win over Maryland 49-28 after a slow start in that game but now are seeking their 27th straight win against conference teams. The Buckeyes coach U. Meyers somewhat used all 3 of his QB’s in the game starting with QB C. Jones who passed some 28 times with 21 completions for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns, while QB J. Barrett took over in the Red Zone play and carried the ball 12 times scoring 3 touchdowns and gaining a total of 61 yards, and QB B. Millers also took come snaps in the game. No one is sure whether that arrangement will work for the rest of the season.

With the QB’s scoring 3 touchdowns and RB E. Elliott scoring 5 touchdowns in the last 2 games, they surely have the necessary talent to put points on the scoreboard, but then remember the game has a huge 17 points, but we wonder with their defense underperforming to date, whether the offense can get enough scored to cover the spread.

The Buckeyes in their 2 conference games to date they have allowed opponents 27 points on average and that ranks 10th of the 14 Big Ten teams. The fans have a hard time understanding the Buckeyes struggles on defense with all the talent the team possesses. Against the spread in this 2015 season Ohio State is 1-5 which means they failed to cover on 5 occasions.

The sportsbook prediction for this Big Ten rivalry game is that the Buckeyes of Ohio State beat the Nittany Lions of Penn State 31-17 and again do not cover the spread.