Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 10/21/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Location: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Buckeyes (-7)
Ohio Stadium is the location where the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) will try to beat the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0) on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Ohio State opens this contest as 7-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 48.5.
The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this game with a record of 6-0 this year. The last time they took the field, the Nittany Lions faced the UMass Minutemen and walked away with a win by a score of 63-0. Nicholas Singleton led the offense in rushing for the Nittany Lions with 15 totes for 79 yards (5.3 yards per carry). Drew Allar went 16/23 with 162 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 171.8 and ended the contest with no picks. In the running game, the Nittany Lions gave up 64 yards on 39 attempts, which averages out to 1.6 yds per rush allowed. Penn State gave up 9 pass completions on 23 attempts for a total of 45 yards, and a completion percentage of 39.1%. At the end of the game, they ran 60 plays which converted into 408 yards. The Penn State Nittany Lions ran the rock 37 times and accrued 246 yds, which is an average of 6.6 yds per carry.
Regarding putting points on the board, the Penn State Nittany Lions have an average of 44.3 PPG. As a unit they are averaging 203.3 yards via the ground game which has them sitting 16th in the nation. The Nittany Lions have tallied 2,560 total yards over the course of this year. With reference to getting the ball in the endzone, Penn State has totaled 15 touchdowns through the air and 17 rushing touchdowns. Penn State has accrued 156 first downs as a team, and they have committed 31 penalties for 280 yards. They have given the ball to the opposition 3 times.
When talking about passing yards, the Nittany Lions are conceding 727 yards which puts them in 1st in college football. They have yielded 121.2 yards per outing via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 49.1%. For the year, they have surrendered 193.7 yards per outing putting them at 1st in the nation. They have conceded 1 touchdown through the air as well as 5 touchdowns on the ground. They are giving up 2.4 yards per rush and 72.5 rushing yards per contest so far this year. During the season, they have conceded 435 running yards through 6 games. The Nittany Lions sit in 2nd in D-1 concerning their opponents scoring, allowing 8.0 PPG.
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The Buckeyes step onto the field holding a record of 6-0 for this season. For their last game, the Buckeyes went home victorious with a score of 41-7 when they played the Purdue Boilermakers. Dallan Hayden carried the rock 11 times for 76 yds, ending the game with 6.9 yds per attempt for Ohio State. Kyle McCord (3 TDs) ended the contest with 276 yards on 16/28 through the air while his QB rate was 175.3. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per attempt was 9.9. Ohio State relinquished 35 running attempts for 123 yds (3.5 yds per rush). The Buckeyes pass defense allowed a completion rate of 40.0%, surrendering 134 yds on 14 out of 35 through the air. The Buckeyes finished the contest with a total of 486 yds while running 69 plays (7.0 yards per play). Ohio State ran for 3.9 yds per carry, finishing the contest with 152 yards on 39 carries.
In relation to their ability to score points, the Buckeyes are ranking 20th in the country maintaining an average of 36.0 points per contest. The Ohio State Buckeyes average 443.0 yards per game, which is good for 32nd in D-1. The Ohio State offense has totaled 313 yards of penalties on 40 infractions, which is good for 55th in the nation in terms of helping out the opposition. They have thrown 2 picks while allowing opponents to recover 3 fumbles and they have tallied 133 1st downs. Over the course of the season to this point, the Buckeyes have a total of 1,848 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 308.0 passing yards per game, which has them sitting 15th in college football. They hold an average of 135.0 yards per game via the rush and have run for 810 yards overall.
Ohio State has conceded a total of 655 rushing yards (109.2 yards per contest) and 3 touchdowns rushing for the campaign. They have yielded 4 touchdowns through the air and 154.3 yards/outing, which has them in 4th in Division 1. They have 2 fumbles and 5 picks on the campaign. The Buckeyes defense has been on the field for 395 plays, ranking them 34th in the country. The Buckeyes are surrendering 9.7 PPG, which has them 3rd in D-1. Overall, they have given up 58 pts.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Buckeyes college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Buckeyes -7
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