By: Teddy Ellison
Penn State comes into this Saturday’s matchup as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. After entering the season with two tough losses and looking like this year could be a huge embarrassment, Penn State has rebounded with five consecutive wins, including three huge blowouts and a win over a hot Northwestern team. This strong play has the Nittany Lions excited for their first big test of the year against the Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0).
The AP Poll continues to show no love for the Buckeyes, due to a weak Big Ten schedule this year and their close call last week against a bad Purdue team. Getting outplayed for 58 minutes and relying on a backup quarterback to save the season, Ohio State should feel defeated.
Braxton Miller had arguably his worst game of the season, and the defense struggled at times against the big play. These are two teams heading in opposite directions, and it will be interesting to see what happens on Saturday.
Against Purdue was the first time we have seen the Ohio State offense struggle this season, and Braxton Miller went down with a head injury. Seeming to progress well, he is expected to start this Saturday, but I think few will argue playing in front of a fired-up Penn State crowd and a confident defense will be a tough challenge.
I believe Ohio State has to come out strong if they want to win this game, but I am confident they will do just that. Braxton will reignite his Heisman hopes with a huge game, while keeping up with the Penn State offense. I see the game being a slight 24-21 advantage for Penn State at half time, but the second half will be all Braxton. The game will be close, but Ohio State will play well at the end, and pull out a 41-38 win, moving to 9-0 with little respect on the national scale.