Penn State will host Ohio State today in what will headline today's action around the world of college football. With BCS implications on the line, as well as respect, these two hard-hitting programs will look to put each other to work.
Instead, this will be a one-sided affair. Penn State has been on cruise control since its loss to Iowa while Ohio State has had a few bumps in the road since losing to USC.
Reason No. 1
Penn State's scoring defense is No. 1 in the country. They allow only 9.3 points per game. The Nittany Lions defense, led by defensive tackle Jared Odrick, is the only defense in the country allowing less than 10 points a game. The next best is Florida allowing 11 points per game.
Reason No. 2
Reason No. 2 is because of No. 2 himself, Terrelle Pryor. I have said for over a year that the guy is overrated and I stand here today yet to be corrected. His play on the field has been indecisive, boring, and flat-out bad. Seriously, I know the kid is young. I have seen him every Saturday morning plastered on the local news because of the night before in high school. Still though, he will struggle to create plays. A lot of his play will be poor because of Reason No. 3.
Reason No. 3
Ohio State's offensive line is battered, beat up, and broke down. Penn State is second in the nation in sacks, one shy of Pittsburgh with 32 total. In his last four Big Ten games, Pryor has been sacked 11 times. Ohio State's offensive line has its toughest task of the season ahead of them and if the Purdue game is any indicator, Pryor will be running for his life today in Beaver Stadium.
Remember, Purdue sacked Pryor five times and Ohio State lost that game.
Reason No. 4
On the flip side, Penn State's offensive line has come together after a rough start to the season. It has allowed just three sacks in their last five games. Dennis Landolt, the senior left tackle, is collecting more pancakes than the Waffle Shop on College Avenue.
Reason No. 5
Ohio State's rushing attack misses Beanie Wells because Brandon Saine, Daniel Herron, and Jordan Hall are not getting the job done. Also, Pryor is the team's leading rusher. That is not Ohio State football. Ohio State has a great history with running backs who have donned the red and silver. Archie Griffin. Eddie George. Maurice Clarett. Beanie Wells. There have been so many through the years too. If Ohio State can't run the ball with their running backs, they will be in trouble.
Penn State also has the No. 5 run defense in America. The Nittany Lions are allowing just 2.64 yards per carry. Penn State will play the run and dare Ohio State to let Pryor beat them throwing the ball. In Ohio State's last four games, Pryor is completing just 48.3 percent of his passes.
Reason No. 6
The final reason as to why Ohio State will not beat Penn State is because of No. 6 himself, Derek Moye. Moye, Penn State's leading receiver is No. 5 in receiving yards per game in the Big Ten. He brings big play-capabilities to the Penn State offense. Of receivers with at least 35 receptions, Moye is one of the leaders in yards per reception by averaging 16.6 yards per reception.
In his last three games, Moye has tallied 18 receptions for 296 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has reached paydirt in three of his last four games as well. Ohio State has the 14th best passing defense in America though.
Look for Moye to continue his breakout season in spectacular form today as Penn State rolls over Ohio State.
Too many things go against Ohio State today. From the injuries on the offensive line to Pryor's poor play this season, the Nittany Lions have an incredible edge in today's game. These two schools have split their last four meetings. Penn State will win by at least one touchdown & one field goal today.
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