Penn State and Ohio State will play football today.
This annual Big Ten matchup is always a big deal, but this year, even more so.
Penn State’s 6-0 and ranked No. 7. Ohio State’s 6-0 and ranked No. 3.
PSU’s history against Ohio State hasn’t been good, and the James Franklin era has been no exception to that. Since Franklin took over as coach in 2014, Penn State’s 1-8 against Ohio State and 0-4 in Columbus. Penn State hasn’t won in Columbus since Nov. 2011, when interim coach Tom Bradley was running the show. Despite Ohio State being the higher-ranked team and the favorite, many feel this is the year Penn State gets over the hump. A big reason for that is the quarterback matchup.
Part of the reason Ohio State almost always beats Penn State is because it usually has the better QB.
With all due respect to Sean Clifford, he had a tough go of it against Ohio State in four starts, going up against Justin Fields in 2019 and ‘20 and CJ Stroud in ‘21 and ‘22.
Both ended up being first-round draft picks. This year, the QB matchup pits a four-star from Pennsylvania playing starting for Ohio State and a five-star from Ohio starting for Penn State. Many feel that Allar is the better QB. He can go a long way in proving that today.
Ohio State is a 5.5-point favorite according to FanDuel Sportsbook. For Penn State fans not making the trip to Columbus, here’s information on how to watch and listen to the game.
TV announcers: Gus Johnson (PXP), Joel Klatt (color), Jenny Taft (sideline)
Radio: Penn State Football Radio Affiliates
Radio announcers: Steve Jones (PXP), Jack Ham (color) Brian Tripp (sideline)