Saturday, October 22, 2016
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The Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium. The opening line for this game has Ohio State as 20 point favorites. This season the Buckeyes are 4-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-3-0. The Nittany Lions have an over/under record of 5-1-0 and they are 2-3-1 against the spread.
J.T. Barrett finished with 226 yards through the air for Ohio State last week. He completed 17 passes out of 29 attempts for a 59% completion percentage. The Buckeyes were led in rushing by Barrett, who finished with 92 yards on 21 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Curtis Samuel was the team leader in receiving with a total of 58 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 10 yards per reception. As a team in that game Ohio State got a total of 23 first downs. Of those first downs, 12 came on the ground while 10 came through the air. They ran 74 total plays for 411 yards for the game. The Buckeyes ran for 185 yards on 45 attempts.
Trace McSorley finished with 152 yards passing for Penn State last week. He went 10 for 19, resulting in a 53% completion percentage. The Nittany Lions were led on the ground by Saquon Barkley, who finished with 202 yards on 31 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. DeAndre Thompkins led the team in receiving with 91 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 23 yards per reception. Penn State had 28 first downs total. 21 came from running the ball and 5 came from a pass. They ran 81 total plays for 524 yards for the contest. The Nittany Lions ran for 372 yards on 62 carries as a team.
Ohio State scores 49.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 4th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 17.7 passes on 27.8 attempts for a 63.5 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 216 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 83rd in college football. The Buckeyes run for an average of 300.5 yards per game on 49.8 attempts for an average of 6 yards per carry. That ranks them 4th in the nation. They also run 77.7 plays per contest and average 6.7 yards per play for an average of 516.5 yards per game, ranking their offense 12th overall this season. The Buckeyes average 26 first downs per game which ranks them 12th in the country. They accumulate 65.8 penalty yards per game via 8 penalties, which ranks 29th in the nation.
Ohio State allows 159.5 passing yards per game, ranking 6th in D-1, and they allow 12.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 3rd. They give up 14.3 completions on 30 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 47.8. The Buckeyes allow 121 rushing yards per game on 37.3 carries for an average of 3.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 20th in the country. Ohio State allows 280.5 total yards per game including 4.2 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 6th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.3 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4.5 penalties for 35.8 yards per game, ranking them 4th among D-1 teams.
Penn State averages 30.5 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 62nd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 17.2 passes per game on 29.7 attempts for a 57.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 239.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 53rd in Division 1. The Nittany Lions run for an average of 152.2 yards per game on 37.3 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 88th on the ground. They also run 67 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for a total of 391.5 yards per game, ranking them 82nd in the country on offense. The Nittany Lions get an average of 19.8 first downs per game, which ranks 90th in the nation. They average 45.8 penalty yards per game via 4.8 penalties, ranking them 104th in college football.
Penn State allows an average of 172.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 13th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 28.5 points per contest, which has them ranked 74th in the nation. They give up 17.5 completions on 28.2 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.1 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 208.8 rushing yards per contest on 43.3 carries for a 4.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 103rd in the country. Penn State allows 381.5 total yards per game for an average of 5.3 yards per play, which ranks 53rd in D-1. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and 8.2 penalties for 76 yards in each contest, ranking 124th in the nation.
Ohio State Betting Trends
Ohio State is 3-3-0 against the over/under this season
Ohio State has an ATS record of 4-2-0 this season
Penn State Betting Trends
Penn State is 5-1-0 against the over/under this season
Penn State has an ATS record of 2-3-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/16/16 WR Corey Smith Wrist "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
10/16/16 LB Dante Booker Knee "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/30/16 OL Demetrius Knox Foot expected to miss 6-8 weeks
09/26/16 WR K.J. Hill Ankle expected to miss 3-4 weeks
09/24/16 LB Justin Hilliard Undisclosed out for season
09/05/16 DL Tracy Sprinkle Leg out for season
08/31/16 DB Cam Burrows Foot out for season
08/29/16 QB Torrence Gibson Suspension out for season
08/19/16 DL Darius Slade Achilles out for season
10/16/16 CB Amani Oruwariye Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 OT Andrew Nelson Leg injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 LB Brandon Bell Knee "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 OT Noah Beh Suspension expected to miss Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 WR Brandon Polk Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 CB Christian Campbell Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 DE Evan Schwan Leg "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 CB Grant Haley Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
10/16/16 LB Jake Cooper Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
09/29/16 LB Jason Cabinda Wrist out for season
09/26/16 LB Jan Johnson Leg out for season
09/24/16 TE Nick Bowers Undisclosed out for season
09/20/16 LB Nyeem Wartman-White Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Ohio State
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