Free College Football Picks: Penn State at #9 Ohio State 11-13-2010

November 13, 2010


Penn State Nittany Lions at #9 Ohio State Buckeyes

Saturday November 13th, 2010 3:30 PM EST

Line: Ohio State -18


The 8-1 Buckeyes host the 6-3 Nittany Lions in a matchup that will shake up the standings in the Big Ten. Ohio State responded to their lone loss of the season by demolishing both teams they played after being upset by Wisconsin. Penn St. is their toughest opponent since their loss and will look to come away with a signature win.

Keys to the Game:

  • Ohio State has made a habit out of forcing teams to turn the ball over. They have 15 interceptions this season, which plays a huge role in their success. If they can manage to force Penn State to make mistakes, the Nittany Lions will be in an uncomfortable position. Penn State prides itself on disciplined, error free football. In his time as a starter, Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin has only thrown one interception. The Buckeyes need to rattle him to stomp out the Nittany Lions passing attack early.
  • Terelle Pryor has lived up to the hype. With 24 total touchdowns this season, Pryor can win on the ground and through the air. He has already gained 100 yards on the ground three times this season. If Penn State gets caught up in coverage, Pryor will make them pay dearly. Penn State needs to make it a point to contain not only the outside, but in the middle of the field as well.
  • The Penn State defensive line has the potential to man handle the Ohio State front. While Ohio State has done a solid job up front to this point, they give up size to Penn State’s defensive line. While Penn State is stout on their defensive front, they are not particularly ggood at getting to the quarterback, which could pose a problem when they face Terrelle Pryor. If the offensive line fails to get push, Ohio State will resort to the pass.

Wrap Up:

While Ohio State is a solid football team, Penn State is not going to go quietly. This is a very proud football team who is on a three game win streak. They don’t quite have the personnel the Buckeyes do, but they aren’t going to get blown away by three scores.

Free College Football Pick: Penn State +18

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