Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 10/30/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Buckeyes (-12.5)
Ohio Stadium is the location where the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1) will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2) on Saturday. Penn State opens this contest as 12.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 58.5.
The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this matchup with a record of 5-2 for this year. In their last game, the Nittany Lions faced off with the Illinois Fighting Illini and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 20-18. Sean Clifford finished 19/34 with 165 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 106.4 and finished the game with no interceptions. Noah Cain was the rushing leader for the Nittany Lions with 11 carries for 43 yards (3.9 yards per attempt). The Penn State Nittany Lions ran the ball 29 times and accrued 62 yards, which is an average of 2.1 yds per carry. When the final whistle blew, they had 63 plays which gave them a total of 227 yards. Penn State gave up 8 completions on 21 attempts for a total of 38 yards, and a completion percentage of 38.1%. When it came to stopping the run, the Nittany Lions conceded 357 yards on 67 attempts, which is 5.3 yds per run surrendered.
The Nittany Lions have tallied 2,606 yards in total for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Penn State has compiled 13 touchdowns via the pass and 8 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 7 different times. Penn State has compiled 135 first downs, and they have been called for 43 infractions for 390 yds. As a unit they're averaging 118.7 yards on the ground which has them sitting 101st in the country. When it comes to scoring points, the Penn State Nittany Lions are averaging 26.9 points per game.
The Nittany Lions rank 18th in Division 1 when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 14.7 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.6 yards per tote and 145.9 rushing yards per game this year. Over the course of this year, they have conceded 1,021 running yards through 7 outings. Regarding yards through the air, the Nittany Lions have given up 1,246 yards which has them sitting in 24th in the country. They have conceded 178.0 yards per game via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 55.5%. In total, they have relinquished 323.9 yards per contest which has them sitting 35th in Division 1. They have relinquished 4 touchdowns through the air and 5 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Buckeyes head into this matchup 6-1 for this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Buckeyes walked away with a victory by a final of 54-7 when they played the Indiana Hoosiers. C.J. Stroud (4 TDs) finished the contest with 266 yds on 21/28 passing while his QB rating was 201.9. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.5. Evan Pryor ran the football 11 times for 48 yds, finishing the game with 4.4 yards per attempt for Ohio State. Ohio State ran the ball for 5.8 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 187 yds on 32 attempts. The Buckeyes finished the contest with 539 yards on 69 plays (7.8 yds per play). The Buckeyes passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 47.1%, surrendering 80 yards on 8 out of 17 passing. Ohio State gave up 37 running attempts for 48 yds (1.3 yds per rush).
The Ohio State Buckeyes hold an average of 559.3 yards/contest, ranking them 1st in the country. The Ohio State offense has totaled 440 yds of penalties on 44 violations, which is 67th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. For the year to this point, the Buckeyes have thrown for a total of 2,465 yards via the pass not to mention an average of 352.1 passing yards per contest, which is ranked 6th in college football. When it comes to how much they score, the Buckeyes are 1st in the country with an average of 49.3 points per contest.
Ohio State has surrendered a total of 836 rushing yards (119.4 yards per outing) and 6 touchdowns via the rush for the campaign. They have conceded 11 touchdowns through the air as well as 230.9 yards per outing, which has them ranked 85th in college football. The Buckeyes defense has taken part in 504 plays, which is good for 89th in Division 1. The Buckeyes are conceding 18.6 points per game, which has them ranked 30th in Division 1. Over the course of the season, they have given up 130 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Buckeyes college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Buckeyes -12.5
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