Ohio State at Penn State - 10/29/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0)

Game Info: Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm (Beaver Stadium)

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Ohio State will head to Happy Valley and take on Penn State this Saturday from Beaver Stadium. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have faced off in every season since 1993, with Ohio State holding a 22-14 series lead.

Ohio State is 7-0 after blowing out Iowa at home in Week 8. The Buckeyes put it on the Hawkeyes from the first whistle, shutting them out offensively, and covering the massive spread with a 44-point win. Ohio State scores 49.6 points per game, while passing for 312.6 yards per game (21st), and rushing for 204.9 ypg (38th). The OSU defense allows 14.8 points per game.

C.J. Stroud leads the charge in Columbus, and he looks like the favorite to land the Heisman trophy this season. The junior quarterback has turned it up over the past two weeks, tossing for over 600 yards and two touchdowns during wins over Iowa and Michigan State. Stroud is up to 2,023 passing yards with a nation-leading 28 touchdowns to four interceptions.

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Miyan Williams and Treveyon Henderson split the load for the Buckeyes. Williams returned to the lineup last weekend after rushing for a career-high 189 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Rutgers. He leads the team with 516 rushing yards and nine scores, while Henderson has added 474 yards and four touchdowns. Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. have done excellent replacing the presences of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. Egbuka leads the Bucks in receptions (41) and receiving yards (735), while scoring seven times. Harrison is right behind him with 38 catches for 598 yards and a Big Ten-leading ten touchdowns. Jaxon Smith-Njigba returned to the lineup versus Iowa, and makes the wideout core even deadlier.

Penn State is 6-1 after beating Minnesota at home in Week 8. The Nittany Lions got back in the win column by thumping the Gophers, out scoring them 28-7 in the second half en route to a 45-17 win. Penn State has scored 33.4 points per game, while passing for 245.1 yards per game (109th), and rushing for 178.4 ypg (38th). The PSU defense allows 18.8 points per game.

Sean Clifford brings a ton of experience to the position, and could cement himself even further with a memorable performance here. The veteran quarterback will make his 40th career start versus the Buckeyes, and he’s coming off of his best outing of the season against Minnesota tossing for season-highs of 295 yards and four touchdowns. 

Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen split the load for Penn State. Singleton scored twice last weekend, and he leads the Nittany Lions in rushing with 561 yards and seven touchdowns. Allen has complimented him well with 396 yards and four touchdowns. Parker Washington and Mitchell Tinsley are Clifford’s favorite targets. Washington leads the team in receptions (30) and receiving yards (388), while Tinsley is right behind him with 28 catches for 340 yards and a team-lead four touchdowns. Four last names

Ohio State is 5-2 against the spread this season, with a 1-0 record on the road. Penn State is 5-2 against the spread this season, with a 2-2 record at home. The Nittany Lions are 5-3 ATS in their last eight meetings. 

Ohio State will have a tall task in Happy Valley this weekend. While the Buckeyes still have Michigan, this will be Penn State’s biggest game. James Franklin will almost certainly have the Nittany Lions to go for this one. 

If Penn State can use the crowd to their advantage, they will have a chance to capitalize on this generous margin. An upset is very unlikely, but if they put up enough of a fight, they can cover and even put a scare on the visiting Buckeyes. Spot Penn State the points this weekend.

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