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Penn State Can’t Cover Two In A Row

Penn State won easily in its last outing and effortlessly covered the spread, but the Nittany Lions have not been able to do so in back-to-back games in quite some time. Penn State has gone 4-10-1 ATS in its past 15 games and has not covered in back-to-back games since September of last year. The Lions are going to have a tough time covering – and an even harder time winning straight up – when they take on Ohio State on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • Ohio State is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in its last 4 games against Penn State.
  • Penn State is 9-0 SU in its last 9 games in Week 8.
  • Ohio State is 20-0 SU in its last 20 games on the road.

The Nittany Lions will hope to get healthy during their bye week, as their linebacking group specifically has been suffering through injuries all season long. Sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley has been a steady presence for Penn State, as he has accounted for five touchdowns with no turnovers in the past two games.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Buckeyes remain a perfect 6-0 on the season with a berth in the playoffs looking good. J.T. Barrett continues to push this team to victories as he has accounted for at least three touchdowns in four games this year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Ohio State Buckeyes opened as -20-point favorites in this one at BetOnline and most sportsbooks tracked here at Odds Shark. No total had been posted as of writing time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 46-16 result in favor of the Buckeyes. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Ohio State Buckeyes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-2 ATS against the spread this season, while the Penn State Nittany Lions are 2-3-1 ATS. Ohio State is 3-2-1 on the over under betting totals; Penn State is 5-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Penn State vs Ohio State injuries news.

The Penn State Nittany Lions sit at No. 82 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are at No. 3 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Penn State's No. 62-ranked offense, averaging 30.5 PPG, against a Ohio State defense that ranks No. 3 this week at 12.83 PPG. The Penn State aerial game is averaging 239.33 yards per game, more than the Ohio State Buckeyes secondary allows through the air, 159.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Ohio State Buckeyes own the league's No. 88-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 207 yards per game when on the road. Penn State, on the other hand, rates No. 61 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Buckeyes were Week 7 winners, coming out on top of the Badgers by a score of 30-23.

Saquon Barkley tore up the turf for 202 rushing yards in the latest Nittany Lions game, a 38-14 win over the Terrapins at Beaver Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Ohio State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Penn State is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Penn State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Penn State's last 6 games
  • Penn State is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ohio State home to Northwestern, Saturday, October 29th
Penn State at Purdue, Saturday, October 29th

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