Revenge served cold in Columbus

Welcome to Columbus, Penn State. You are the No. 2 team in the nation. Many national analysts are picking you to beat Ohio State for a second straight year. Piece of cake. All you have to do is beat the highest scoring offense in Ohio State history. In their house. In the cold. In October. At stake is more than a game, it’s a bid to the playoffs.

Penn State appears to be a complete team, with few major flaws. Where there is a potential matchup weakness for the Nittany Lions is on the offensive line, which allowed 5 sacks against Northwestern (the most sacks the Wildcats have had all season). Ohio State is the best defensive front – and deepest – Penn State has faced yet. If the Buckeyes can bottle up the Nittany Lions rushing attack, and force Trace McSorley to beat them through the air – it could be a long day for the Nittany Lions. But this will also be the biggest test for OSU’s defense since Oklahoma, a test they (particularly the secondary) did not pass.

Prediction: With an extra week to prepare, J.T. Barrett plays the game of his life. The Buckeyes’ offense remains in gear against the nation’s top scoring defense. Penn State keeps it close, but is frustrated by the OSU defensive front. Ohio State pulls away and gets a big plate of revenge served in the Columbus cold – 35-21.

I flew in late last night from home base in Washington, DC and will be taking in the action today from C-Deck. I’ve heard a lot from Penn State fans this week – they are as cocky as ever heading into this one. Pride comes before the fall. 

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