#20 Penn State heads to Columbus to face #5 Ohio State knowing another loss will send their season into disarray. The Ohio State Buckeyes know that an impressive victory over a ranked team could catapult them into the top four on the AP Poll. Which Big Ten squad gets it done on Saturday? Check out NCAAF odds, analysis, and a free pick for #20 Penn State versus #5 Ohio State
College Football Betting Odds – Penn State Nittany Lions vs #5 Ohio State Buckeyes Analysis
Penn State Nittany Lions at #5 Ohio State Betting Odds & Match Info
- When: Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm ET
- Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
- TV / Streaming: ABC / ESPN+
- ATS Odds: Ohio State -18 ½
- Over/Under Odds: 61
Yes, the Nittany Lions lost a 9 OT game to the Illinois Illini in their last. But Penn State may have overlooked the Illini knowing they had to face the Buckeyes the next week. When Penn State plays well, they can hang with any team in the nation. Not only that, but the Nittany Lions have covered in 4 of the last 5 meetings.
Penn State Nittany Lions Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 372.3
- Passing Yards: 253.6
- Rushing Yards: 118.7
- Points Scored: 26.9
- Turnovers: 0
- Total Yards: 323.9
- Passing Yards: 178.0
- Rushing Yards: 145.9
- Points Scored: 14.7
- Takeaways: 9
Why bet on Ohio State versus Penn State?
Since a second-game loss to the Oregon Ducks, the Ohio State Buckeyes have rolled. Led by freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud, the Buckeyes have won 5 straight. Ohio State has covered in 4-of-5, including beating Indiana 54-7 on Oct. 23. The Buckeyes rank first in total yards per game, 559.3, and first in points per, 49.3.
Ohio State Buckeyes Offensive Averages
- Total Yards: 559.3
- Passing Yards: 352.1
- Rushing Yards: 207.1
- Points Scored: 49.3
- Turnovers: 1
Ohio State Buckeyes Defensive Averages
- Total Yards: 350.3
- Passing Yards: 230.9
- Rushing Yards: 119.4
- Points Scored: 18.6
- Takeaways: 9
Relevant Trends for #20 Penn State Nittany Lions at #5 Ohio State Buckeyes
- Nittany Lions are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games
- Penn State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 following an ATS loss
- Under is 5-1-1 in Nittany Lions’ last 7 after an ATS loss
- Penn State is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
- Ohio State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 at home
- Over is 4-0 in Buckeyes’ last 4 conference games
At first glance, it looks as if Ohio State should trounce Penn State. The Buckeyes have scored 52 or more points in their last 4 games: 59-7 against Akron, 52-13 versus Rutgers, 66-17 versus Maryland, and the 54-7 beating Ohio State handed Indiana in their last.
But although the Buckeyes look unbeatable, Penn State is the play. Even though the Nittany Lions played a 9 overtime game in their last, they should have enough in the tank to cover the spread.
The Lions’ defense allows 14.3 points per, ranking sixth in college football. Quarterback Sean Clifford has played well and Penn State rushes for over 118 per game.
Also, this is a rivalry contest. Penn State may not be good enough to upset the Ohio State Buckeyes on the moneyline. But the Nittany Lions should play well enough to win this against the spread.