No. 7 Penn State Football looks to solidify its status as a College Football Playoff contender, and remain undefeated, when the Nittany Lions head to Columbus to take on No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday at noon.
Penn State is led by quarterback Drew Allar, running backs Nick Singleton, Kaytron Allen, and a loaded defense with playmakers at all three levels, representing possibly the deepest and most talented roster of head coach James Franklin‘s tenure.
Is this the year that Penn State finally slays Ohio State, and emerges victorious over the Buckeyes for the first time since 2016, and comes away with a win in Columbus for the first time since 2011?
Penn State Football vs. Ohio State Staff Picks, Predictions
Robert Casturo – Senior Penn State Football Reporter
Alec Whitaker – Senior Penn State Football Recruiting Insider
Penn State historically struggles in Columbus but this team just seems to have a different feel.
In the past, heading into this game was always about could Penn State score enough points to keep up with OSU. Not the case this year as this looks like a defensive slug fest and the first to 20 may win.
Prediction: Penn State 21 – Ohio State 17
Joe Staszak – Penn State Football Reporter
Look for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to blitz McCord all day long and live with the results. If he does that the results should speak for themselves. Penn State remains unbeaten with a victory over the formerly unbeaten Buckeyes.
Prediction: Penn State 20 – Ohio State 17
Danny Friedman – Penn State Football Reporter
A late field goal wins the game after Penn State forces a turnover. Don’t be surprised if Drew Allar tosses one touchdown pass, and Nick Singleton goes off for two more.
Prediction: Penn State 24 – Ohio State 21
Nolan Foster – Penn State Football Reporter
Penn State gets it done and takes control of their season.
The Nittany Lions have been waiting for this game since their late-game collapse last season against Ohio State. Drew Allar will step up and put PSU back on the map.
Prediction: Penn State 38, Ohio State 31
Chris Snyder – Senior Penn State Wrestling Reporter
This meeting poses one of the best chances for the Nittany Lions to take down Ohio State since their last win back in 2016. And it could be their first win in Columbus since 2011.
The Buckeyes offense isn’t anywhere near as explosive as they’ve been in the past and I feel very confident that Penn State’s defense will hold them in check and get to Kyle McCord. Obviously Marvin Harrison Jr. will get his, because he’s just that good. If the Penn State secondary can keep him under 100 yards and keep him from the end zone, then it will be mission accomplished.
But what I’m not confident in, is what I’ve seen from the Nittany Lion’s offense in terms of running the ball and extending the field vertically.
The Nittany Lions are currently 52nd in the country in yards per carry and 79th in the country in passing yards per game. Ohio State still has studs on the defensive side and I have a feeling Penn State will struggle to move the ball at times.
Which means it’s going to be a low scoring slug-fest. And they haven’t been too kind to James Franklin in the past…
Prediction: Ohio State 17 – Penn State 13
Evan Smith – Senior Penn State Basketball Reporter
Look, this was the game we all circled back in July.
We figured this would be a matchup of undefeateds. OSU probably looks a little worse than expected and we’ve probably exceeded expectations by a little. The talent gap is as small as its ever been.