Penn State & Ohio State Keep Score on the Down Low in Big Ten Mega-Clash

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:34 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 1:34 PM GMT

The biggest game on the Week 9 college football betting card takes place in Columbus, where the Ohio State Buckeyes are out for revenge against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Big Ten Game of the Year.

NCAAF Season Record: 23-28-1 (-5.65)

Free NCAAF Pick: Under 56½Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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College football coaches don’t often talk about revenge. This week in Columbus, however, Urban Meyer is practically embracing the idea of payback as his No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for a huge Big Ten showdown with the No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions.

FOX starts rolling its cameras inside Ohio Stadium at 3:30 PM (ET), Ohio State favored from 6-7 points at SBR’s best sportsbooks. The only Top 10 clash on this week’s card finds 56½ for the consensus total. Both teams sport 4-0 Big Ten records, joining Michigan State at the top of the conference’s East Division.

 

Both Teams With 3-Game Cover Streaks

The game features two of the nation’s top scoring offenses and two of the stingiest defenses. In fact, Penn State checks into the contest allowing just 9.6 points per game, best in the country, while Ohio State is tied at the top of the offensive chart with Central Florida, each team averaging 47.3 PPG. The Nittany Lions are 16th putting up 40 per contest, while the Buckeyes are 10th surrendering 10.4 PPG.

Both sides enter this clash off wins and covers, Penn State blasting Michigan by a 42-13 count as 7½-point favorites on the NCAA football odds at home and Ohio State pasting a 56-14 beatdown on the Cornhuskers in Nebraska as 24-point chalk. The Nittany Lions’ win went ‘over’ the mark to leave them 2-5 O/U on the season, while the Buckeyes treated their fans to a 4th straight ‘over’ to stand 5-2 O/U in 2017.

 

Rivalry Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

When asked if revenge for last year’s 24-21 setback in Happy Valley would be a factor, Meyer replied, "Is revenge a motivator? Hell yeah, it is.” Penn State’s 24-21 upset came as a 17½-point underdog and set the Nittany Lions up for a Big Ten Championship. The decision stopped a 4-game win streak for the Buckeyes, leaving them with an 18-14 record in the rivalry that includes their 2010 win that was taken away by the NCAA. The last time Penn State won in Columbus was 2011, Joe Paterno’s final victory with the Nittany Lions, a decision that was also vacated by the NCAA before being restored.

It could be a sloppy game with the weatherman currently calling for a 100% chance of rain in Columbus on Saturday. Bettors will want to get an update before getting their wagers down, the forecast also listing temps in the low 50s with a 10-15 mph SW wind. I like the Buckeyes to get the dubya, but like the ‘under’ even better for my free college football pick.

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