Ranked Penn State A 19-Point Underdog Vs. Ohio State

  • The Ohio State Buckeyes are favored by 19.0 points against the Penn State Nittany Lions.
  • Penn State has +700 betting odds on the moneyline to pull off the upset.
  • Ohio State has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to play the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Sportsbooks aren’t expecting a close game as Ohio State attempts to win their fifth-straight matchup against their Big Ten foe.

Betting The Spread: 19.0 Points

There’s truthfully no debate on which team is playing better at the moment as the Penn State Nittany Lions have suffered back-to-back losses while the Ohio State Buckeyes have won their past four games by an average score of 57.75-11.

The online sportsbooks are expecting the Buckeyes to keep rolling.

Ohio State vs Penn State Spread Odds

  • Ohio State Buckeyes -19.0 -110
  • Penn State Nittany Lions +19.0 -110

Ohio State’s offense is averaging an NCAA-best 559.7 yards per game this season while Penn State’s defense is one of the best in the country with the second-fewest touchdowns allowed on the season.

The Nittany Lions have lost their two games by a combined five points and have allowed more than 20 points just once this season. However, Ohio State has won five-straight games by at least 20 points and has been held below 40 points on just one occasion this season.

Penn State Quarterback Health

Regardless of how good the Nittany Lions’ defense is, the Buckeyes are going to find ways to put points on the board. Ultimately, the spread may be in the hands of the Penn State quarterback which is largely reliant on health.

Those betting on college football saw Sean Clifford get hurt against the Iowa Hawkeyes and Ta’Quan Roberson take over and compile 34 passing yards in the entire second half. Against the Illinois Fighting Illini, Clifford was back under center but was noticeably hampered in his mobility, arguably the strongest part of his game.

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Clifford claims he’ll be 100% for the weekend, but if he’s not there’s little to no chance of PSU covering the spread.

History Against The Buckeyes?

If handicapping the game by itself, Ohio State surely has the advantage. However, history shows that Ohio State may not only not cover, but lose outright.

The Buckeyes are currently on a four-game winning streak against Penn State, but dating back to their first matchup in 1912 no team has been able to win five games in a row against the other.

Penn State vs Ohio State Moneyline Odds

  • Penn State Nittany Lions +700
  • Ohio State Buckeyes -1200

Even though Ohio State has won the meeting in eight of the last nine seasons, they’ve only covered the set number in two of their wins (2015, 2013).

Admittedly, the matchup stats leading into the game are objectively more important than historical data in handicapping the game, but history does tend to repeat itself.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST and can be seen on ABC.