Ohio State at Penn State Week 8 Betting Pick & Prediction

Ohio State at Penn State Week 8 Betting Pick & Prediction

Written by on October 21, 2016

The Penn State Nittany Lions have not contended in the Big Ten for some time now, but this year finds them in the top three of the conference’s East Division, so when they host the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night, they actually have a chance to move closer to a division title and a slot in the Big Ten title game. Penn State has won two in a row, including a home shellacking of Maryland two weeks ago. Ohio State knocked off then-#8 Wisconsin in their biggest test of the year to that point, winning 30-23 in overtime last week. The two teams have played 30 times, with Ohio State winning 17 (and the last four). In 2015, the teams met in Columbus, and the Buckeyes picked up a 38-10 win. Take a look at all of our college football betting picks for the weekend.

Ohio State at Penn State Week 8 Betting Pick, Prediction & TV Info

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:00pm ET Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA TV: ABC Radio: Ohio State / Penn State Live Stream: WatchESPN NCAA Football Odds: Ohio State (-21), O/U 59

Why should you put your money on the Buckeyes?

Ohio State had not faced a real test until they went to Wisconsin last week. The Badgers won the first down battle (23-22) and the yardage battle (450-411), thanks to that grinding Wisconsin rushing game, and the Badgers held onto the ball for almost three more minutes than the Buckeyes did. Wisconsin had two different 10-point leads in the first half, but the Buckeyes mounted a comeback and tied the game near the end of the fourth quarter and scored overtime’s only touchdown. They score 49.3 points per game, #4 in the nation, and they only allow 12.8 points per game, which ranks them third. J.T. Barrett has solidified his position as an offensive leader for the team, and the iffy Nittany Lion secondary definitely has a day of trial coming up for them.

Why should you bet on the Nittany Lions?

This Penn State has grown up from the one that emerged from the sanctions of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. They outgained Maryland 524-270 in their last game, holding onto the ball for ten more minutes than the Terrapins. They average 30.5 points per game, but ball security has kept them from scoring even more. Trace McSorley has thrown three interceptions to go with his eight touchdown passes on the season. Tailback Saquon Barkley averages almost six yards per carry, with 117 attempts for 582 yards on the season, and if he can grind the ball down the field like Wisconsin did, the Nittany Lions could stay within the point spread.

My Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Given that Washington is jockeying for position in the voters’ minds to move up into the top four spots in the national rankings, I expect all four of the top-ranked teams to make statements this weekend. I like Ohio State to turn this game into a whipping and win going away, 44-17.