Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sports Betting

Ohio State Opens as Heavy Favorites

As expected, Ohio State is a heavy favorite in its matchup against Penn State at Beaver Stadium scheduled for this coming Saturday, Oct. 29.

According to Circa Sports, No. 2 Ohio State is a 15-point road favorite over the No. 13 Nittany Lions. Ohio State is 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big Ten and is coming off a 54-10 domination of Iowa.

Penn State is 6-1 overall, 3-1 in conference play and just got a big bounce-back win over Minnesota, 45-17. Penn State needed a W bad after it’s 24-point loss at Michigan the week before.

Ohio State’s seven wins are all by double digits, and only its 21-10 season-opener against Notre Dame was decided by less than 29 points. In its last six games, Ohio State has scored 45, 77, 52, 49, 49 and 54 points.

James Franklin is 1-7 against Ohio State in his tenure at Penn State. The only win, of course, came Oct. 22, 2016, when unranked Penn State stunned the No. 2 Buckeyes 24-21 at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State ended up winning the Big Ten that season, but it was Ohio State who ended up going to the College Football Playoff, finishing the year with one loss to Penn State’s two.

Although Franklin’s Penn State teams have almost always lost to the Buckeyes, they’ve almost always played them close. Five of Penn State’s eight Franklin-era games with Ohio State have been decided by single digits, and seven have been by fewer than 14 points.

The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 22-14, with the first meeting coming in 1912. Penn State won that game, 37-0.

Saturday will also be the first time Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” show has come to Happy Valley.

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

More from Nittany Sports Now

PSU Football

0 Penn State cornerback Joey Porter has had a standout season in 2022. His play on the field ensures he will receive a first-round...

Transfer Portal

0 Penn State has extended an offer Dorian Singer, a receiver who entered the transfer portal after two seasons with Arizona. Blessed to receive...

PSU Football

0 Penn State is playing Utah Jan. 2 in the 109th Rose Bowl Game. It will be Penn State’s fifth appearance in “The Granddaddy of Them...

PSU Football Recruiting

1 As I embark on my exciting journey to dive deep into everything Penn State football with Nittany Sports Now, I’ll start with an...

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.