The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the best teams in the nation and easily the best team in the Big Ten. In a conference with just three teams ranked in the top-25, the Buckeyes have proven themselves to be a favorite to win the Leaders Division and take down the Legends Division winner in the Big Ten title game.
On the other side of the field, Bill O’Brien has seen his Penn State Nittany Lions get off to a bit of a slow start in 2013 as they did just a season ago when they shocked the nation and won an impressive amount of games with a depleted roster. It looks like this team has a bright future with O’Brien at the helm — that is, unless he goes pro.
Ohio State is led by Heisman-hopeful quarterback and junior Braxton Miller. The third-year starter missed the better part of three games with an injury and has come back with a vengeance. Miller is completing 70 percent of his passes for 831 yards and eight touchdowns while also rushing for 338 yards and no scores. Both Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall have had the same amount of success on the ground this season. Hall has rushed the ball 71 times for 438 yards and eight scores while Hyde has rushed the ball 72 times for 443 yards and five scores.
Freshman quarterback and high school stud Christian Hackenberg leads the Penn State offense with 1,672 yards and 11 passing touchdowns on the season, becoming the top freshman quarterback in the conference. While the run game ranks 79th in the nation, the pass game has been solid behind the talented freshman. Hackenberg has hit his favorite target, Allen Robinson, 43 times for 705 yards and five scores. Robinson has been the top receiver in the conference this season and could easily be a top wide out at the next level.
Defensively, the Buckeyes aren’t nearly as impressive as they are on the offensive side of the ball. Ranking 22nd in points allowed per game, but Buckeyes are a much more average yardage-allowed defense, ranking 40th in the nation with 375 yards allowed per contest. Penn State has been solid this season on defense, allowing just 23.7 points per game, but ranking 15th nationally in yards allowed per game.
Penn State will travel to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Penn State 27, Ohio State 37