Danny Sheridan, USA Today's resident handicapper, went on the Paul Finebaum Show on Friday to discuss the upcoming college football season and make a few predictions because it's June and content still needs to fill the airwaves. Before last season, Sheridan predicted the College Football Playoff field, going 2-for-4 by correctly selecting Alabama and Clemson to make the Playoff while missing on USC and Penn State. The Lions' charge to the Playoff was going well until losing to Ohio State and Michigan State in back-to-back weeks.
However, even with the loss of Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki, Daesean Hamilton, and others, Sheridan is sticking with the Nittany Lions in 2018.
In order to make their way to their first CFP appearance, though, Penn State will have to get through Ohio State, who has controlled the conference since Urban Meyer's arrival in 2012. Luckily, the Lions get the Buckeyes at home and in September, a big plus given that Ohio State will still be getting used to a new quarterback, probably Dwayne Haskins. Those factors led Sheridan to make another big prediction:
"Penn State will smoke Ohio State in late September...Penn State will be a home underdog and they will beat Ohio State by double digits" - @DannySheridan1— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 1, 2018
Given the battles that the two teams have been a part of over the last two years, either team "smoking" the other would probably come as a surprise, albeit a welcomed one in Happy Valley.