This is my second installment of “Why Penn State Can Beat Ohio State” here on The Busted Bracket. As you may remember Penn State wasthisclose to knocking off the Buckeyes last year in double overtime in Happy Valley. It would have helped if maybe these two calls (that directly led to 10 Ohio State points) had been called correctly.
But anyhow, let’s move back to present day. Here are my three key reasons why Penn State can and will beat Ohio State.
- Defensive Line- If you want to argue Penn State’s defensive line is not the best in college football, please step right up. One of their best player’s wasn’t even on scholarship until last year. Carl Nassib is a 218 pound former walk-on who hadn’t started a game since before his high school career began. Nassib is now the nations leader in sacks, with 10, the nation’s leader in forced fumbles, with 5, and is third in the country with 12 tackles for loss. Nassib isn’t even the best Nittany Lion’s defensive lineman… D-tackle Anthony Zettel is a projected 1st round draft pick and has 33 career tackles for loss and recorded 3.5 of those TFL’s against San Diego State, just hours after the passing of his father from cancer. Austin Johnson, all 323 pounds of him, rumbled for a 74 yard scoop and score against the Aztecs, flahing quite a bit of athleticism.
- Saquan Barkley- Find a true freshmen more electric than this guy in college football? You didn’t okay I’ll continue. Barkley has 373 yards on just 42 carries. That’s 8.9 yards per carry if your tallying at home. Barkley is the most explosive player I’ve seen at Penn State since the days of Derrick Williams and Evan Royster back in ’08. Check out these highlights and see for yourself.
- Christian Hackenberg- Hack has been scrutinized for all 3 of his years at Penn State. Some rightfully so, but most of the time unwarranted. Last week against IU we saw the Hack that Mel Kiper says could go in the top 10 of next years draft. Hack threw for 262 yards and two, 39 yard TD’s as we finally saw the Nittany Lions open up an aerial passing attack that went more than eight yards downfield. Christian Hackenberg is a special talent, no doubt about. It just takes the right play calling to showcase it.
Final Score Prediction: Penn State 27 #1 Ohio State 24