Penn State Opens As a 19-Point Underdog vs. Ohio State

By Matt de Bear on November 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm
Oct 26, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs for a first down during the third quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite playing three-straight games decided by five total points, including back-to-back one-point decisions, the oddsmakers do not see a close game Saturday between Ohio State and Penn State. The host Buckeyes have opened as huge 19-point favorites over the Nittany Lions, according to Circa Sports. 

In Ryan Day's first season as the head man in Columbus, Ohio State has been downright dominant. The Buckeyes are averaging over 50 points per game, while allowing less than 10. First-year starting QB Justin Fields has accounted for 41 touchdowns, and just one turnover. JK Dobbins is closing in on 1,300 yards himself on the ground, and wide receivers Chris Olave, KJ Hill, and Benjamin Victor have combined for 99 receptions, nearly 1,500 yards, and 21 touchdowns. 

Meanwhile, a rebuilt defensive coaching staff, led by former Michigan assistant Greg Mattison has turned a maligned unit into one of the nation's best. To make matters more challenging, potential No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Chase Young returns after missing the last two games due to an NCAA suspension.

The last time the Nittany Lions visited Columbus, senior JT Barrett led a fourth quarter comeback en route to a 39-38 win. 

Saturday's game kicks off at noon on FOX, with both the network's Big Noon Saturday pregame show, and ESPN's College GameDay broadcasting from Columbus.

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