Penn State vs Ohio State NCAA Football Point Spread Picks 11/23/2019
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio State -10
Ohio Stadium is the site where Justin Fields and the Ohio State Buckeyes will play the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday. The odds on this game have Ohio State as 10-point favorites. The Nittany Lions are 5-5-0 ATS and 5-5-0 when betting on the total. The Buckeyes are 5-4-1 when wagering on the over/under and 8-2-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Penn State Nittany Lions faced the Indiana Hoosiers and earned the victory by a score of 34-27. Running the show from under center for the Nittany Lions was Sean Clifford who went 11/23 with 179 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He ended the game with no interceptions. Journey Brown paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 35 yards and he added 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 100 yards by way of 21 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. KJ Hamler was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 52 yards on 2 receptions. He earned an average of 26.0 yards per reception for that contest. The Nittany Lions ended up running the ball 45 times and earned a total of 192 yards which earned them an average of 4.3 yards per rush. On the day, they ran 68 plays which gave them a total of 371 yards. On the day, the Nittany Lions got 21 1st downs and they had 1 penalty for 0 yards telling us that they had a strong outing in terms of discipline. When discussing the defense, Penn State allowed 31 completions on 41 throws totaling 371 yards, and a completion percentage of 75.6%. In the game, they gave up a total of 462 yards and earned 2 turnovers. On the ground, the Nittany Lions allowed 91 yards on 31 tries which means they had an average of 2.9 yards per attempt allowed.
The Nittany Lions head into this matchup 9-1 this season. For total yards, they sit in 4th in the Big Ten Conference and 51st in college football with 4,284 yards. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 36.8 points per contest, putting them 15th in college football. As a team, they have an average of 174.9 rushing yards per contest which is 5th in the conference. The Nittany Lions have one of the top tier defenses in D-1, giving up 13.5 points per game putting them 4th in the Big Ten Conference. When it comes to passing yards, the Nittany Lions have conceded 2,535 yards. Teams are completing 59.9% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.9 yards per attempt. In terms of yards on the ground, Penn State is giving up 76.3 yards per game ranking them 1st in the conference and 4th in college football. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.2 yards per rush which has them at 1st in the Big Ten Conference and 1st in D-1 overall. In total, they have allowed 763 rushing yards through 10 contests.
The last time they took the field, the Ohio State Buckeyes played the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and won 56-21. Leading the way at QB for the Buckeyes was Justin Fields who went 15/19 with 305 yards passing and added 4 TD's. He ended the game with no interceptions. J.K. Dobbins paced the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 18 yards and he notched 2 touchdowns for the contest. He ran for a total of 89 yards by way of 17 carries which meant he averaged 5.2 yards per run. Chris Olave was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 139 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 34.8 yards per catch for the game. The Buckeyes rushed the ball a total of 44 times and totaled 217 yards earning them an average of 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. For the game, the Buckeyes earned 31 first downs and they had 6 penalties for 54 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. On the day, they totaled 78 plays for 594 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Ohio State allowed 12 catches on 26 attempts totaling 121 yards, and a completion percentage of 46.2%. Overall, they conceded a total of 231 yards and forced 3 takeaways. On the ground, the Buckeyes allowed 110 yards on 40 attempts which gave them an average of 2.8 yards per carry allowed.
The Buckeyes head into this matchup 10-0. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Buckeyes have one of the best offenses in college football. Ohio State is making teams fear their ground game this season by averaging 287.7 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 4th in the country. As a team, they have a total of 2,877 rushing yards through 10 contests, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The Buckeyes average 542 yards per contest overall ranking them 4th in the country and 1st in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes are giving up 9.8 points per contest ranking them 1st in the Big Ten and 1st in D-1. When talking about points allowed, they have allowed 98 points in total. In regard to yards on the ground, they are allowing 90.8 yards per contest ranking them 6th in the nation and 2nd in the conference. For the 2019 season, they have conceded 908 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the best groups in the nation. They are conceding 126 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Buckeyes currently sit at 1st in the Big Ten.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Buckeyes college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions +10
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