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Week 13 Predictions: Ohio State Buckeyes

It is finally here: judgement day for the Nittany Lions.

With the Big Ten East on the line, the Penn State Nittany Lions will be welcomed in to Ohio Stadium to face one of the most complete teams in the nation. The Buckeyes are superior in talent, statistics, and what some consider the “eye test”. Ohio State is heavily favored by 18.5 points. Still, Penn State has reason to be hopeful as a young pride finds themselves 9-1 for the first time in a long time. Let’s jump into the predictions.

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Brandon Musso (9-1) & (5-5) vs. The Spread

After a week a prep for Indiana, Penn State again struggled with the same secondary issues that ailed them in their loss to Minnesota. Despite a relatively strong start to the season, the Nittany Lion secondary has now had two consecutive weeks of serious struggles. They now face the best offense they will see all season long, Ohio State. 

The secondary is very clearly the key to the game. If Penn State wants to come out on top this weekend in Columbus, they need to limit the high powered Buckeye offense. The game will be over very quickly if the secondary continues to have the same breakdowns we have seen over the last two weeks. 

I think this game will be a lot closer than people expect but I don’t believe Penn State will come out on top. The secondary will continue to struggle and the Buckeyes will be booking their trip to Indy for another opportunity at a B1G Championship. 

Penn State: 31 Ohio State: 38

Kraigen Rasalla (9-1) & (3-7) vs. The Spread

In the biggest game of the year, the Penn State defense will have to find the magic that made them one of the best units in the nation through their first 8 games. It will not be easy as they go against the dynamic Ohio State offense led by QB Justin Fields. On the season, Fields has a touchdown to interception ratio of 31 to 1. That is pretty, pretty good.

In order to bounce back defensively, the Lions will need to generate more of a pass rush than they have in their last two games. They have 3 sacks in those two games, which is far from the expectations of Sean Spencer’s Wild Dogs.

One thing that should help slow down the Buckeyes’ offense is that rain is in the forecast. In rainy conditions against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes played sloppy and were shut out in the first quarter. However, they did rally to win 38-7. Meanwhile, Sean Clifford proved he can throw in rainy conditions, as he threw 4 touchdown passes in the rain against Michigan State.

Unfortunately, I do not think Penn State comes out of Columbus with a victory, although I do believe they cover the pretty ridiculous spread of 18 or 19 points, depending where you look.

Penn State: 17 Ohio State: 24

Cory Lestochi (8-2) & (4-6) vs. The Spread

I have dove deep into Justin Fields this week to understand the quarterback better. I think he is really good when his team is really good, but this week he was asked the last time he had to lead his team down the field to win a game. His answer? Junior year of high school.

The Buckeyes haven’t had to play anyone close and that’s a credit to how dominant they have been all season. This team is better than the Nittany Lions. I don’t think they are 18 points better so if you wanna win some money, you should jump all over that spread.

And look, on my podcast I took Ohio State to win a close-one, but thinking it over more and more today, just like the Michigan State pick (which I was entirely right on), I am going to change it up today…

 

Thanks Herb…Great moments are born from great opportunity. Penn State plays this Ohio State team 10 times, they may only win one, but maybe that’s Saturday.

Penn State: 34  Ohio State: 31

Week 8 Predictions: Michigan Wolverines

It is finally here. The White Out in Happy Valley. If you want to learn more about the history and impact of the White Out, I encourage you to check out my podcast here. Penn State is about 7-point favorites going into this weeks game. Who do you have?

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Brandon Musso (6-0) & (3-3) vs. The Spread

Another week brings another massive game for Penn State. Coming off a road win over Iowa at Kinnick, the Nittany Lions return home for the annual White Out. Like last week, this game has big implications on the Nittany Lions season.

Michigan comes into Beaver Stadium with one loss and quite a few question marks on offense. Under new offensive coordinator, former Penn State wide receiver’s coach Josh Gattis, the Michigan offense has gotten off to a slow start.

There ability to straighten out their offensive problems will be a big key to this game. With the White Out atmosphere and Penn State’s recent strong defensive play, can Michigan effectively move the ball?

Penn State is coming off tight game that didn’t start off well for the offense. It’s is imperative that the offense gets off to a hot start to get the crowd involved.

In the end, I think Penn State is able to feed off the crowd and win a close one.

Michigan: 20 Penn State: 24

Kraigen Rasalla (6-0) & (2-4) vs. The Spread

Penn State got through one of their October tests by beating Iowa on the road last Saturday night. This Saturday night, the Nittany Lions are back home for the White Out game against Michigan. The Wolverines have struggled so far this season, but still stand at 5-1.
Just from watching Michigan play this season and seeing the signs of dominance Penn State has shown, it seems that Penn State should win. With their defense continuing to play well this year, in addition to Michigan’s struggles trying to learn Josh Gattis’ new offense, I think Beaver Stadium will be roaring whenever Penn State is on defense. The defense will lead Penn State to a Whiteout victory behind a multi-sack game from Yetur Gross-Matos.

Michigan 10 Penn State 24

Cory Lestochi (5-1) & (3-3) vs. The Spread

I know, I know, I know. I was wrong. Penn State established a running game in the fourth quarter in about a decade and it cost me my prediction. Regardless, I have never been so happy to be wrong.

People are underestimating this Michigan team. I think this game will be closer than you think, but I am not sure how the Wolverines plan on scoring points. Penn State pulls away late. I’ll take the Lions at home.

Michigan: 13 Penn State 28

Week 2 Predictions: Buffalo Bulls

Penn State will host the Buffalo Bulls (1-0, 0-0) at 7:30 PM ET in Beaver Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX. The graphic below provides a general breakdown of the opponents, but if you want more information about Buffalo checkout our preview here. At the time this was written, the spread was Penn State -29.5. I would like to point out I was the only one to cover last week. Also, everyone should shame Brandon for his 28-10 Idaho prediction. Here are our predictions for this:

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Brandon Musso (1-0) & (0-1) vs. The Spread

Last week, I severely overestimated Idaho’s defense and doubted Penn State’s new look offense could score over 30 points. This week, I feel as though Buffalo will prove to be a tougher opponent than Idaho, but not by much. As Cory mentioned in his game preview, Buffalo, coming off a 10-4 season in 2018, looks very different as they lost quite a few starters, mostly to graduation and transfers. They were one of the better programs in the MAC last season, but this new young team has a lot to prove and probably won’t be much of a match for Penn State. This sets up an excellent opportunity for the young, inexperienced Nittany Lions to play under the lights at Beaver Stadium without the pressure of a big matchup against with a top ranked program like Ohio State or Michigan. Penn State rolls.

Buffalo: 10

Penn State: 45

Kraigen Rasalla (1-0) & (0-1) vs. The Spread

Penn State used their running game in Week One to destroy Idaho. Five different Nittany Lions running backs found the end zone, including Devyn Ford who scored an 81-yard touchdown in the For The Glory Of Old State Play of the Week. 

As for this week, expect more of the same as Penn State looks to gash a Buffalo defense that returns only three starters to their defense. I believe we’ll see more Ricky Slade and Journey Brown than Noah Cain and Devyn Ford, but nonetheless, James Franklin and Ricky Rahne will look to run the ball down Buffalo’s throat. 

I think this will be a close game through the first quarter as Buffalo is really well coached. But, the depth and speed Penn State seems to have this year will wear down the Bulls entering the second quarter as well as the second half. 

Buffalo: 13

Penn State: 41

Cory Lestochi (1-0) & (1-0) vs. The Spread

The Bulls led by veteran head coach Lance Leipold, will have a tough time in Happy Valley. The Bulls lost so much from last year, and don’t seem to have an answer at quarterback; George Martin threw for only 92 yards on 9 attempts against Robert Morris. Look for Buffalo to try and establish the run game and try to hang on. Jackson and Johnson are the two players on the Bulls offense you should be paying attention to.

Buffalo is twice as talented as Idaho, but the results still won’t be good for the MAC school. Penn State wins big and creates more turnovers this time around. Also, don’t be mad at Coach if we win by a lot, here’s why.

Buffalo: 10

Penn State: 52