The Ohio State football team is taking on a really good Penn State team on Saturday afternoon. This will be the first time the Nittany Lions are truly tested. It will also mark the hardest home game that the Buckeyes have to play all year. It should be a great game.
This is one of those games that not only has Big Ten implications, but national championship implications as well. Both teams are seriously in the hunt for the College Football Playoff. Winning this game would go a long way to help secure that berth.
The weather has been a topic of discussion all week. Early in the week, it looked like the game was going to be heavily doused with rain. Ohio State had to deal with some of that last week against Purdue, but nothing too serious. It doesn’t look like that will happen now.
According to the Weather Channel, it will be about 53 degrees and partly sunny at kickoff. There will be just a 16% chance of rain and winds will be sustained at about 8 mph. It will gust 15-20 mph during the game though, making the passing and kicking game a bit harder.
The rain chances will peak at about 20% during the game and the temperature will peak at 57 degrees. It’s not ideal that some rain could still affect the game, but it looked like it was going to be a whole lot worse just a few days ago. The forecast has improved.
Sloppy weather conditions would favor Penn State and their great defense. Their offense is used to having to grind out yards and points, so it would be a normal day for them. Rain and wind would definitely hurt the Ohio State football team more on offense.
As we know in Ohio, the forecast can change every hour so things might still improve before noon on Saturday. Hopefully, that’s the case.