NCAA Football Game of the Week: Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes

There are just a handful of undefeated teams left in college football, and one of these teams will be facing a tough test in week 13. The undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes will host the one-loss Penn State Nittany Lions in a battle of two of the Big Ten's best teams. Penn State and Ohio State are both still in the playoff race, but the loser of this game will likely be eliminated.

Ohio State is outscoring their opponents by an average of 42 points per game this season. The Buckeyes are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Big Ten. Penn State's lone loss of the season came just two weeks ago to Minnesota. The Nittany Lions can take over first place in the league with a win. Ohio State is a massive +17.0 point favorite over Penn State in this game.

Ohio State Scores in a Hurry


The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging an impressive 51.5 points per game this season, and they can score in a variety of ways. Ohio State is averaging over 287 rushing yards per game to go along with over 250 passing yards per game. Quarterback Justin Fields is having a monster season in his first as a Buckeye, and running back J.K. Dobbins is in the Heisman Trophy conversation. The Buckeyes will be facing a great defense in this game, but they can really score.

The Buckeyes defense has given up just 9.8 points per game so far this season, and they will be getting their leader back for this game. Defensive end Chase Young will be back after serving a two-game suspension, and he is the best defensive player in the country. Young has 13.5 sacks this season, and is a game changer.

Penn State Needs Defense to Show Up


Penn State's defense was dominant for the first half of the season, but that has changed of late. The Nittany Lions are allowing just 13.5 points per game this season, but they have given up at least 26 points in each of their last two games. Penn State does have over 30 sacks so far this season, and they will need to get pressure on Fields in this game.

The Nittany Lions aren't quite as explosive as the Buckeyes are, but they can score as well. Penn State is averaging over 36 points per game, and they will need to find some offense in this game. Quarterback Sean Clifford has thrown for over 2,400 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, and he is the man that makes this offense go.

Penn State Covers, Buckeyes Win

Both Penn State and Ohio State have been extremely impressive so far this season, but there can be only one winner in this one. Penn State's defense has been terrific, but they haven't faced an offense quite like this all season long. The Buckeyes have been scoring points like crazy this season, and that isn't going to change in this game. Ohio State is going to roll, but this spread is just too large to take the Buckeyes. Take the +17.0 points and bet the Penn State Nittany Lions in this game against Ohio State.