Mon. Dec 10th, 2018

The Buckeyes Face their Biggest Test Yet: Can they Win and Cover against the Nittany Lions?

By Griffin Hill

It’s a white out. It’s night time. The Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions are ready.

Ohio State faces their toughest opponent of the season in a game that is probably the most anticipated matchup, concerning the college football playoff face, so far this year.

Reason the Buckeyes WILL cover the spread:

Offense vs Offense; it’s even. The difference will come late in the game on the other side of the ball when we see the Ohio State defense wear down the Penn State offense around the middle of the fourth quarter.

The athleticism and strength of the buck’s defensive line is too much for the Penn State offensive line to handle for four quarters. So if you trust the offense to keep them off the field in the first half, Ohio State covering is the pick. Leaning on the defense could result in a 10 or more point win. It’s just a matter if you think they will have the chance.

Reasons the Buckeyes WON’T cover the spread:

The buckeyes once again favored on the road against the Nittany Lions. -3.5 is the number, and probably a number you all know too well.

It seems that the Bucks are always favored by this number that is notably scary for pickers of either side in this matchup.

Simply, the only reason I see the Bucks losing is them crumbling under the pressure of the emotion late in the game. Penn State makes a lot of impressive plays late in home games like tonight. It might be hard for the Bucks yo answer late scores in an environment that is so dynamic.

Record picking Ohio State in 2018: 3-1

Prediction: Ohio State -3.5

Buckeyes 34 Nittany Lions 30

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