While the Nittany Lions were already fighting an uphill battle, the return of Chase Young has sealed their fate.
Ohio State: An Uphill Battle
The Buckeyes opened as 19 point favorites against the Nittany Lions. This seemed like an awfully large spread given the last few games between these two Big Ten rivals. Regardless, Ohio State has been the best all-around team in college football this season.
Ohio State has been so dominant this season they have seen a spread of as many as 52.5 points in their favor. In that contest, they surrendered 21 points to Rutgers and failed to cover. Still, that was one of the largest spreads in favor of a road team in the history of college football.
With that said, the Nittany Lions come to town with a top 20 defense and a top 50 offense in the country.
Ohio State comes in 45th in the country in passing yards per game at 254.3. A lot of that has to do with the fact that their rushing attack has also been dominant. I expect Justin Fields to pick a part a banged up secondary and for Penn State to continue struggling with the pass game, especially if their star WR is out..
If that wasn’t enough to crush Penn State’s hopes and dreams…. Ohio State’s best defensive player (maybe best overall player) is back.
Chase Young was handed a two game suspension for taking a loan from a close family friend. Those two games are up and he returns for the biggest game of the Buckeye’s schedule.
Young has been Ohio State’s most dominating player this season and even played himself into the Heisman conversation prior to his suspension. As CF’s leader in sack (before the suspension), there’s no doubt PSU will have their hands full.
Chase Young has had almost a month to set his sights on Penn State. No doubt he’ll be ready to go for Saturday against a tough Nittany Lion opponent. Even Analyst David Pollack knows Chase is going to bring the heat.
“Penn State has one chance and that suspension went out the window last week,” Pollack said. “If he was suspended for this game, they would’ve had a chance. If you look at Penn State, this is a team that’s kind of leaking oil, lost some of that luster they’ve had during the regular season. Offensive line is their weakest part of their offensive unit period”.
There’s no doubt Young is going to have a huge impact on this game, but will it be enough for Ohio State to dominate Penn State?
Sorry Penn State
Simply put, the Buckeyes are a lock to cover the spread this weekend. With Penn State’s banged up secondary and an injured KJ Hamler they stand no chance against the Buckeye’s with a recharged
I am the new Ohio State writer for Saturday Tailgate. Currently, I broadcast games for student radio at the university and look forward to giving insight into the team.