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Ohio State's Chance at Redemption: OSU Defense to Stop Penn State "HD" Offense

Zach MartinCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2008

The No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes will host the No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions in a very important game for both teams on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Buckeyes are 7-1 (4-0) so far this year, their only loss to the USC Trojans. They're coming off a 45-7 win over No. 20 Michigan State last week in East Lansing, Michigan.

Penn State is 8-0 (4-0) this year. The Nittany Lions' "HD" offense has dominated opponents all year with quarterback Daryll Clark leading the way.

Ohio State is coming off a five-game winning streak after losing at USC, 35-3. The Bucks defense has stepped up and stopped opponents since as the team tries to climb back up the rankings. With their main enforcer, James Laurinaitis, the Bucks look to be boasting the defense they had in 2003, 2006, and 2007—years they went to the national championship game.

The Bucks have a chance to stop Daryll Clark and the "HD" offense in The Shoe this weekend. Ohio State can win this game if it makes Penn State go one-dimensional with running the ball more than passing it. Also, if the Bucks can get an early lead, they'll force Penn State pass more and, in turn, Clark to rush his throws to get interceptions or three-and-outs.

Ohio State is looking to go 8-1 and 5-0 in conference play if it beats Penn State. This Buckeye defense is like the 2003, 2006, and the 2007 defenses. This is a good defense. The Bucks can win this game with no turnovers and no penalties.

Prediction: Ohio State 28, Penn State 25

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