Penn State vs. Ohio State Game Info, NCAAF Week 9 Odds & Pick.

Penn State vs. Ohio State Game Info, NCAAF Week 9 Odds & Pick

Written by on October 24, 2017

In a few short days, the college football playoff committee will put out their first official national rankings, which is sure to have a lot of teams on edge this weekend. There is little doubt that the top 4 right now is as it should be, but things could change very quickly after this weekend’s action, because as the NCAAF Week 9 odds indicate, there are a lot of big games on tap.This is the weekend that could make or break the season for a few teams, and it’s fair to say that the Ohio State Buckeyes could well be on the break side of the equation if they cannot get a win against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon.Ohio State comes in as a 6 ½ point favorite, with the O/U set at 56. A win would put them back in the hunt, and would certainly look very good in the eyes of the playoff committee. Penn State is coming off a huge signature win, and have a potential Heisman Candidate in Saquon Barkley. They have looked impossible to beat at times this season, and need to be considered a legitimate threat to win it all.

Penn State vs. Ohio State Game Info, NCAAF Week 9 Odds & Pick

  • When: Saturday, October 28 at 3:30 PM EST
  • Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: 106.1 FM (Penn State) / 97.1 FM (Ohio State)
  • Live Stream: BTN2GO
  • NCAAF Week 9 Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5 (Over/Under at 56.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Rain: 10°C/50°F
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Precipitation: 91%
  • Cloud Cover: 100%
  • Wind: 8 mph SW
  • Stadium Type: Open

College Football Week 9 Betting Odds & Top ATS Picks

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Ohio State leads 7-3
  • Score: Penn State 16.60 / Ohio State 30.70
  • Rush Yards: Penn State 121.20 / Ohio State 235.30
  • Pass Attempts: Penn State 29.10 / Ohio State 22.70
  • Completion Percentage: Penn State 53.95 / Ohio State 60.79
  • Passing Yards: Penn State 167.90 / Ohio State 168.00
  • Total Yards: Penn State 289.1 / Ohio State 403.3
  • Turnovers: Penn State 1.40 / Ohio State 0.90

Why consider the Buckeyes NCAAF Week 9 Odds?

Ohio State slipped early this year when they lost to Oklahoma in the second week of the season. It would have been easy for this team to collapse, but they have bounced back nicely, winning 5 in a row, albeit against teams that they should be beating. While the schedule has not been particularly tough, save for the Nebraska game last week, the manner in which the Buckeyes have been winning their games has been impressive. Ohio State has been averaging over 55 PPG through their last 4 games while giving up an average of around 12 PPG.They are going to have a tougher time slowing down this Penn State offense, but if they get dragged into a shootout, their offensive stats show that they can hang in there. The Buckeyes are an astonishing 23-2 SU in their last 25 games at home, although they are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5. 6 of the last 8 games between these two teams at Ohio Stadium have gone UNDER.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 47.29
  • Total Yards: 577.28
  • Rush Yards: 252.14
  • Passing Yards: 325.14
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 15.43
  • Total Yards: 305.28
  • Rush Yards: 109.57
  • Passing Yards: 195.71

Why consider the Nittany Lions NCAAF Week 9 Odds?

While the Penn State Nittany Lions have been rolling along quite comfortably, college football fans around the country remained a little skeptical given their early-season schedule. There was a feeling that this team would be nothing without Saquon Barkley, and that they would stumble as soon as the first big challenge came their way. That challenge was last weekend with a home game against the Michigan Wolverines. Penn State passed that one with flying colors, hammering Michigan 42-13 in a totally lopsided affair.Despite their winning record, the NCAAF Week 9 Odds are against the Nittany Lions.This game may be the final hurdle they need to clear the road to the playoffs, but it’s a tough one, as very few teams head into Ohio Stadium and come away with a win. Penn State is 5-0 in their last 5 road games, but they have not had much joy against Ohio State, going just 1-4 in their last 5 meetings. Of the last 11 meetings in Ohio, Penn State are just 2-9 SU and ATS.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 40.00
  • Total Yards: 463.29
  • Rush Yards: 173.43
  • Passing Yards: 289.86
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 9.57
  • Total Yards: 282.86
  • Rush Yards: 115.29
  • Passing Yards: 167.57

Latest NCAAF Betting Trends for Week 9

  • Nittany Lions are 14-1-1 ATS in their last 16 games
  • Nitanny Lions are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Penn State’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Ohio State
  • Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games at home
  • Buckeyes are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State’s last 5 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a game that may very well come down to who has the ball last. It is for that reason that I think that Penn State will cover, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Ohio State might just pull this one out. This is a desperation game for them, and having it at home is huge.Score: Penn State Nittany Lions 25 – Ohio State Buckeyes 28
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