Penn State Vs. Ohio State: Lions Fall In Columbus, 38-14

Penn State players are already thinking about the Buckeyes.

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Penn State Vs. Ohio State: Keys To Victory

When Penn State Has The Ball

  1. Quarterback - Once again, this is an obvious key, but with debates raging over who should be under center for the Lions, this is certainly a position that could make or break the game. Matt McGloin is coming off a performance that included the best half of football played by this team, one that included four straight scoring drives to put Northwestern out of the game. If that Penn State team shows up to play, this could be a very close game.
  2. Offensive playcalling - Typical of the Big Ten football mold, when two teams of this caliber get together, the offensive playbooks tend to shrink and the coaches are content with conservative calls. The coaches' view is that field position and the lack of turnovers (forcing the other team to make a mistake) are the keys. However, this Penn State team has some big time playmakers, as shown in recent weeks, so getting the ball into their hands any way possible is going to be important.
No one has been talking lately about Royster being a major disappointment this season. He carried a career-high 29 times for 150 yards against Michigan two weeks ago, and he ran for 134 yards on 25 carries Saturday against Northwestern.

 

When Ohio State Has The Ball

  1. Speed of the game - Similarly, Ohio State has some big playmakers in Jeannette native Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, and Dan "Boom" Herron. If Tom Bradley and the Penn State defensive coaches can keep the Ohio State's offensive tempo relatively stalled, the Buckeyes might look to new ways to make plays, and that opens the opportunity for mistakes.
  2. Home crowd - The Big Ten is home to three of the biggest stadiums in the country. Luckily, the Nittany Lions play their home games in one. Unfortunately, they will play this game in another. Ohio Stadium will be rocking by game time. If the Lions can keep the Buckeyes from scoring early, they might be able to take the crowd out of the game, or at least take them out long enough for the offense to get in a score of their own.

Intangibles

  1. The Joe Paterno Factor - Joe got his 400th victory a week ago, but will be looking to get 401 against an old foe in Ohio State. With his time at Penn State drawing closer and closer to an end, the players possibly sense the need to send Division 1's winningest coach ever out on a high note.
  2. Ohio State Bye Week Curse? - Ohio State is 12-9 all time in games following a bye week, including a 2-4 mark for Jim Tressel coached Ohio State teams. This bodes well for Penn State, who took care of the only other team they faced off their bye week, Michigan.
  3. Visiting Team Advantage - Each of the last three meetings between these teams have been won by the visiting team.

The Penn State-Ohio State matchup has become one of the marquee matchups of the Big Ten schedule. If not for an early-season Nittany Lions loss to Illinois, this game would once again have Big Ten championship implications (and if the Lions pull out the upset, Ohio State's Big Ten championship hopes are effectively dashed). Contrary to Adam's prediction, I think the Lions are peaking at the right time and that they pull out the incredible upset...

Penn State 20, Ohio State 13

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Penn State Vs. Ohio State: It Is Officially Matt McGloin's Team Now

The depth chart for the Ohio State game has been released, and at least one of the week’s questions has been put to rest. Matt McGloin, the former walk on from Scranton, has been named the Penn State starting quarterback. The official press release by Penn State lists McGloin above Rob Bolden, without the qualifying "OR" that was seen at the beginning of the year.

McGloin finished the Minnesota game three weeks ago, then played the entire Michigan game two weeks ago. Bolden returned to start the Northwestern game last week, but was pulled after a big hit. McGloin took over and led the team to a victory that included five straight touchdown drives.

The debate continues to rage as to who gives Penn State the best chance to win against the dangerous Buckeyes of Ohio State. Rob Bolden is seen as the future of this Penn State team, the more highly-skilled, highly-touted quarterback with the better promise over the next few years. However, there is no denying what McGloin has done over the past couple of weeks. He brings the indefinable "IT" factor, along with a confidence that hasn’t been seen since Daryl Clark and Michael Robinson were under center.

The remainder of the depth chart remains relatively unchanged.

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