Penn State vs. Ohio State: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2013

Sep 28, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin Badgers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State will look to play the role of spoiler on Saturday night on the road against Ohio State when the two Big Ten rivals take the field in ABC's nightcap. 

The Nittany Lions come into the game with a 4-2 record, having knocked off Michigan last weekend at home. The Wolverines had been ripe for an upset all year long, and Penn State was happy to finally make it happen.

Ohio State opened up the season as one of the heavy favorites to get to the BCS title game after going undefeated last year. But through seven games, the Buckeyes haven't been nearly as impressive as the other top teams in the nation. 

Close wins over Wisconsin, Nortwestern and Iowa have lessened this team's national stature.

Meanwhile, teams like Florida State and Oregon have been doing nothing but crushing challengers on a weekly basis. The newly released BCS standings reflect this, as Ohio State is ranked No. 4 behind Alabama, Florida State and Oregon. 

This upcoming contest is a perfect opportunity for Ohio State to put itself back on the map as a national championship contender, but Penn State will have something to say about the outcome. 

 

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When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Watch: ABC

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 56.5 pts.
  • Spread: Ohio State (-14.5)

 

Penn State Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPosition Status/Updated
Jack HaffnerFBQues Sat - Ankle - 10/20/13
Brent WilkersonTEQues Sat - Back - 10/20/13
Matt LehmanTEOut for season - Knee - 9/5/13
Brad BarsDEOut for season - Undisclosed - 8/30/13

 

Ohio State Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Tyquan LewisDEQues Sat - Undisclosed - 10/20/13
Marcus BaughTEQues Sat - Suspension - 10/20/13
Christian BryantSOut for season - Ankle - 9/30/13
James ClarkWROut indefinitely - Leg - 9/22/13
Blake ThomasTEOut for season - Neck - 8/17/13
Adam GriffinCBOut for season - Shoulder - 8/16/13
Jamie WoodDBOut for season - Shoulder - 8/16/13

 

Will Christian Hackenberg Keep Pace with Braxton Miller?

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) passing prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State defeated Michigan because freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg was able to match Devin Gardner in a shootout. 

Going up against the high-powered offense of Ohio State, there's a better-than-average chance Hackenberg will need to replicate his performance this Saturday night if the Nittany Lions have any chance of pulling off another upset.

It's not a huge stretch, however, to think that he will do it. 

Hackenberg has thrown for 300-plus yards and three touchdown passes in each of his past two games. Unfortunately, his defensive teammates let him down against Indiana two weekends ago, but he did everything right in that game.

The young quarterback can't control how well his defense plays against Miller, but he can surely keep Penn State in the contest with another big game. 

 

Prediction

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Penn State will not get shut out by Ohio State's defense. 

In fact, nobody should be surprised if this game ends up being highly competitive—at least through the first half. 

The Nittany Lions can't compete with the raw talent on the roster of the Buckeyes, but this team is gritty, determined and tough enough to give Ohio State all it can handle at home. 

That said, Miller's ability to take advantage of Ohio State's many offensive weapons all over the field will end up being too much for Penn State's defense to handle. Look for the Buckeyes to run away with this game in the second half.

 

Final Score 

Ohio State wins 42-27

 

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