Call me homer. You’d be right, I am. I’m wearing a Christian Hackenberg shirt right now. (I mean a number 14 shirt, but that’s a blog for another day.) Heres 3 reasons why Penn State can beat Ohio State
1. Penn State has one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football, Christian Hackenberg. Who can throw to any number of receivers, like Desean Hamilton, Jesse James, Geno Lewis, or Chris Godwin. Hackenberg will be throwing against the 76th pass defense in the country, Ohio State. Who is worse in pass defense than Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan, and Akron. Penn State comes in with the nations 32nd pass offense. OSU lost to Virginia Tech, who is currently 58th in pass offense. Advantage Penn State
2. I will admit, Ohio State has a dynamic rushing attack, 259.8 YPG. But Penn State counter-attacks with the nations #1 rush defense, giving up just 60.8 YPG, and 2.01 YPC. A stopper like Anthony Zettel in the middle, high-motor linebackers like Glen Carson, and a hard hitting safety like Ryan Keiser make up an overall solid defense on all three levels.
3.Home field advantage. Beaver Stadium will be stuffed to the brim with 107,000+. A stadium wide white-out, primetime kickoff, and a bitter rival all make the case for a major upset. Penn State has won 4 of the last 8 games between the 2 teams at State College. A shade better than their 3-7 record in Columbus since 1998.
Prediction: The factors point to a trap game. OSU looking ahead to a matchup with Michigan State in 2 weeks, Penn State coming off the bye with an extra week to prepare and motivated: two straight bad loses. The combination of Penn State’s pass offense vs. a sub-par Buckeye pass D, and a stout PSU run D, coupled with home field advantage have me believing in the upset.
Final score: Penn State 41 Ohio State 39