We’re in the second half of the college football season, and in Week 9, we have an exciting Big Ten duel on Saturday, October 29, so here you can check out the best Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions betting pick and odds.
Ohio State is looking to maintain a perfect record when they visit Penn State at Beaver Stadium. The Buckeyes are -15.5 favorites on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at 61 points. These Big Ten foes have met once in 2021, and the Buckeyes won 33-24 in Columbus, OH.
Buckeyes keep on marching with another win
The Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 4-2-1 ATS) recorded their seventh win of the season and stayed unbeaten, the only team in the Big Ten alongside Michigan without a loss. After beating the Michigan State Spartans on the road, the Buckeyes beat Iowa Hawkeyes 54-10 at home. Ohio State allowed just 158 total yards to Iowa and forced even six turnovers while making two on the other end. One of those forced TOs was Tommy Eichenberg’s 15-yard interception returned for a touchdown.
C.J. Stroud completed 20 of 30 passes for 286 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Julian Fleming had just two receptions, but recorded a touchdown and collected a game-high 105 yards. Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. combined for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 13 receptions. Miyan Williams scored a rushing TD, while TreVeyon Henderson led the Buckeyes with 38 yards on 11 carries. Ohio State had five sacks, and Lathan Ransom led the team with eight tackles.
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba is likely to take part in Saturday’s contest against Penn State despite a lower-body injury. He may; however, be on play limits.
Nittany Lions returned to winning ways
The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1, 6-1-0 ATS) suffered the first loss of the season against the Michigan Wolverines on the road but bounced back with a 45-17 home victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Nittany Lions scored most of their points in the second and third quarters – 38 and dominated the visitors on both the ground and through the air.
Sean Clifford connected with four different receivers in the end zone. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 295 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. Theo Johnson, Parker Washington, Mitchell Tinsley, and Tyler Warren were on the receiving end of those TD passes. Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen combined for 156 rushing yards, and the former registered a pair of touchdowns. Curtis Jacobs was a monster on defense with team-high 14 tackles.
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games against Penn State
- 17-5-1 ATS in the last 23 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game
- 10-4 ATS in the last 14 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Pick
Ohio State might be one of the best teams in college football at the moment, but they will not have an easy time against Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes did beat the Nittany Lions in two of the last three H2H meetings in Pennsylvania, but the Nittany Lions covered in every game, and I think it’ll be the case this time around as well. Ohio State is a better team in every segment and I have no doubt the visitors are closer to taking a win here, but the Nittany Lions won all of their home games and will not give up without a fight. Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six H2H meetings.
Pick: Take the Nittany Lions at +17.5 (-135)
Ohio State has the third-best offense in the country which averages 49.6 points per game, while Penn State’s offense is scoring 33.4 ppg. Although the Buckeyes have a top-five defense that allows just 14.9 ppg, this game is going to be a shootout rather than a battle of defenses. Over is 5-0 in the Buckeyes’ last five games overall; Over is 4-0 in Ohio State’s previous four games following an ATS win, Over is 5-2 in the Nittany Lions’ previous seven games overall, while Over is 4-0 in Penn State’s last four vs. a team with a winning record.
Pick: Go Over 60.5 points (-115)