Both Ohio State and Penn State are coming into this game after close loses. Ohio State lost in overtime to Purdue after they had an extra point block with less than a minute to go in regulation. Penn State is coming off a loss to Nebraska in what was their final home game of the season and their first game in over 60 years which Joe Paterno was not on the sidelines, over 40 of which he was the head coach. This is the second concecutive year that Penn State has to travel to Ohio State because of the conference realignment. Ohio State won the meeting between these two teams last year with a score of 38-14. Ohio State doesn’t have Terrelle Pryor or Jim Tressel this year though.
The match up I will be watching is Matt McGloin against the Ohio State secondary. He threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and McGloin has not looked very good this year. He is completing 54% of his passes but in his last four games against Nebraska, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue he only completed he completed 50 of 101 passes. Penn State will want to run the ball but if they get down early, they are going to need to rely on McGloin to make some throws and put them back in the game. Another match up is Braxton Miller vs the Penn State defense. They have only allowed more than 20 points twice this season. Once to Alabama and the other to Northwestern. Miller has seemed to play well in big games like he did against Nebraska and Wisconsin but then he struggled against Indiana and Purdue. I think this will be a very close game but I have Ohio State because they are home and it is Tom Bradley’s first game as a head coach on the road. Ohio State wins 24-20.
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Written by Jacob Diefenthaler
I'm a student at Kent State University who is a Sports Administration major.