Penn State has rattled off two impressive home victories against conference opponents who came into Happy Valley unbeaten. Now comes the biggest test yet in 2016, as the unranked Nittany Linos will take on the #2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday evening.
Ohio State squeaked by a feisty Wisconsin Badger squad in Madison, Wisconsin this past Saturday by a score of 30-23. It took overtime to decide the contest, which can only be good for Penn State heading into this game.
Ohio State is currently a 19 1/2 point favorite in Las Vegas casinos, meaning that they are expected to beat PSU by about three touchdowns. That seems a bit crazy given the fact that they will be playing two consecutive road games, and the Nittany Lions are coming off a bye week.
Nonetheless, the Buckeyes are a very explosive team. Penn State will look to star running back Saquan Barkley to help them control the time of possession and move the ball downfield. If superstar-in-the-making Trace McSorley is able to have a good game and live up to his potential against the most difficult defense he will face this year, PSU could shock the college football world.
At the very least, they have a very good chance of keeping the final tally within three touchdowns. After an unfortunate three-point loss in Pittsburgh in early-September and a forgettable loss at Michigan in late-September, Penn State could conceivably find themselves in a very respectable Bowl game if they are able to run the table against a series of mid-range conference opponents following whatever happens to go down this Saturday.