No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Penn State October 29 Betting Preview

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Penn State October 29 Betting Preview

Sam Frohman
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Ohio State Buckeyes Tommy Eichenberg celebrates his interception with teammates during game vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes will go on the road to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday for a noon kickoff. 

The Buckeyes are a perfect 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation, just behind the Georgia Bulldogs. Penn State has one loss this season to No. 4 Michigan and holds down the No. 13 spot in the nation.

The Buckeyes are coming off a 54-10 thrashing of Iowa at home last weekend. This game against Penn State should be one of their biggest tests of the season so far and probably their only test before the final game of the season when Michigan comes into Columbus for a showdown on November 26.

Penn State avenged their loss a couple of weeks ago with their 45-17 win at home versus Minnesota last weekend. Sean Clifford threw for almost 300 yards and four touchdowns in the big win. Running back Nick Singleton also achieved two touchdowns on the ground as he ran for 79 yards.

Let's look ahead at one of the best matchups of the week in this Week 9 contest between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions.

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Odds

Ohio State holds an astounding 15.5-point spread on the road against Penn State on Saturday.

The over/under for total points scored in the game is set at 61 with odds of (-110) to bet the over or the under, respectively. 

Keys To The Game

This will be a battle of the quarterbacks in this one with CJ Stroud and Sean Clifford. CJ Stroud is now the favorite to win the Heisman with the best odds at (+190).

He leads the nation in touchdowns (28) and QBR (92.6). He also ranks 19th in total yards and 41st in interceptions thrown. 

He will be the biggest factor for the Buckeyes because if he is on his game, the Buckeyes can't be stopped. If not, this will be a tough atmosphere for Ohio State to overcome.

The Buckeyes' defense better come to play just in case Stroud takes some time to adjust to the hostile and packed Beaver Stadium.

Sean Clifford needs to have a big game for the Nittany Lions to come out victorious. Clifford doesn't have the stats or press that Stroud receives, but what he does have that Stroud lacks is experience.

Expected Outcome

I expect the Buckeyes to take care of business on the road and get the win. However, I don't see this game getting out of hand like the oddsmakers think it will.

Their only loss was on the road against Michigan, which means they are undefeated at home. This will be a tough atmosphere for even the talented Buckeyes to play in.

I like the Buckeyes to win, but Penn State to cover.

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