Roar Lions Roundtable: What is Penn State's Biggest Game of the Year?

By RLR Staff on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 am
Oct 26, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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For the past few years, Penn State's season has hinged on one game, and more often than not, that game has been Ohio State. Our staff is unanimous in their predictions that that will again be the case.

Ohio State

As has become custom over the last half-decade, this is the game that will decide the Big Ten East. These are the two most talented teams in the conference, and the winner of this game will have the inside track on a spot in the College Football Playoff. - Nick Polak

Until someone else in the league consistently steps up, it's Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the program James Franklin and the Lions measure themselves against, and this could be their best shot to knock them off since 2016. - Matt de Bear

They've lost three times in a row to the Big Ten's top program, and they need to turn that around sooner rather than later. Perhaps they deserve a reprieve from the narrative for this season, with the unfortunate timing of the pandemic ruining what should have been a Whiteout to try to springboard another run to the Big Ten title game. But the losses over the last three years have given them little margin for error. - Dan Smith

This is always the biggest game of the year. Ohio State is a talented team that has its sights set on a national championship, but so do the Nittany Lions. Nobody has figured out a way to stop Justin Fields quite yet, so the Penn State offense will need to be humming in this one to keep up. - Matt Filipovits

It usually is, but facing them early will be a good indicator of how good this team really is. - John Morgan

The biggest game of the year is Ohio State like it is almost every year. With several other good teams in other conferences struggling so far, it seems likely that the Big Ten will be able to get a team in the playoff this year. If things go their way, they may even get a second team. With a win vs. Ohio State, Penn State would position themselves perfectly at not only a Big Ten Championship appearance but also the program's first College Football Playoff berth. - Dylan Burd

This one almost needs no explanation. The Buckeyes are by far the most talented team on the schedule. The winner immediately becomes a heavy favorite in the division. Then on top of that, also the conference's most likely representative in the College Football Playoff.  - Andrew Rubin

This is a no-brainer. Penn State has Playoff aspirations once again and if they hope to achieve that, they have to get over the hump and close out a game against the Buckeyes. Michael Stanley