The Ohio State football team is ready for its big showdown with the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon. Here are three predictions for the game.
The Ohio State football team welcomes the undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday for an epic showdown between two of the nation’s top teams. This game has a different feel to it than the past because this Penn State team looks to be legitimate.
They boost one of the country’s top defenses led by star pass rusher Chop Robinson and lockdown corner Kalen King. The Marvin Harrison Jr./King matchup will be a fascinating one to watch as the game unfolds.
Penn State coach James Franklin comes into this game with a massive need to win it. He’s only beaten Ohio State once in nine tries and has a 2-15 record against top 10 opponents during his tenure in Happy Valley. This is probably Franklin’s best Nittany Lions squad so the fan base should hold Franklin to a high standard this season.
Here are three bold predictions for the big game.
No. 1) Drew Allar shows why he’s a five-star talent.
The former five-star quarterback recruit from the 22′ class is coming into this game with a chip on his shoulder. The Medina, Ohio native in no doubt wanted to be the Buckeye’s top option for that 2022 recruiting class but they didn’t offer him until it was too late in the cycle. By that time Allar was firm with his Penn State commitment.
Playing against Ohio State for the first time, and in Columbus, is something that Drew Allar has circled on his calendar all offseason. If Penn State finally wants to break through and win the Big Ten, they must win this game.
Allar has a good number on the season, even though the competition has been less than ideal. He’s thrown for 1,254 yards and 12 touchdowns compared to zero interceptions. He’s taking great care of the ball for the Nittany Lions, a must if they want to win in Ohio Stadium.
Even with the improved play of the Buckeye secondary, I think Allar shows up and puts up a very good stat line of 20-28 passing for 285 yards and two touchdown passes. It also doesn’t hurt for Allar that Denzel Burke’s status is up in the air for this one.
Are Allar’s numbers good enough to beat Ohio State?