Big 10: Taking an Inside Look at Penn State vs. Ohio State
Here is my preview of the 9th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions going against the 4th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a critical Big Ten matchup.
The only two Big Ten undefeated teams will clash Saturday night. Dwayne Haskins and the 4-0 Buckeyes will take on Trace McSorley and the 4-0 Nittany Lions. College football playoff indications are on the line. Ohio State is without their best defensive player, defensive end Nick Bosa.. Bosa is out a few months due to abdominal surgery. Sophomore defensive end Chase Young and redshirt junior Jonathan Cooper will have to step up.
This should be a high scoring affair. I would favor Ohio State in this matchup against Penn State. The emergence of Dwayne Haskins gives the Ohio State offense an edge.
Cornerback Amani Oruwariye, who leads Penn State with two interceptions, will have a competitive test against wide receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell had over 100 receiving yards last week. Penn State’s running back Miles Sanders had his big breakout game last week as they manhandled Illinois. The Buckeyes also shut down Tulane last week. Haskins has been one of the best quarterbacks in college football so far. He has thrown 16 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards already. Here are some matchups to watch in this exciting Big Ten game.
Penn State Cornerback Amani Oruwariye vs. Ohio State Wide Receiver Parris Campbell
Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell had his breakout game last week against Tulane, catching eight passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Even though the senior wide receiver is listed as the H- back, I think he is the biggest threat to the passing game for Penn State. The Buckeyes have Austin Mack, Terry McLaurin, and Johnnie Dixon on the outside while they also have K.J. Hill listed as H- back as well. Campbell is the 2nd leading receiver behind Hill. He has 19 catches for almost 300 receiving yards with five touchdowns.
As a big play threat, Penn State’s top cornerback Amani Oruwariye will most likely have to handle Campbell most of the game.[AndrewKimAds]
Penn State’s undefeated record could have been at risk in week one against Appalachian State. They went into overtime 38-38. Penn State went up 45 as the Appalachian State offense was driving, threatening to tie the game again. Cornerback Amani Oruwariye picked the quarterback off in the end zone to survive the upset. Oruwariye is leading the team in interceptions (with 2) and has four pass deflections so far. The senior cornerback is the main force in the secondary. They will have to stop all of Ohio State’s weapons if they want to win in Happy Valley.
Penn State Running Back Miles Sanders vs. Ohio State Run Defense
Penn State running back Miles Sanders put himself on the map last week, having a huge game and rushing over 200 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns against Illinois. Sanders has 495 yards rushing on 71 attempts with five touchdowns this season. The Ohio State linebackers are key in stopping Sanders are they will hone in him to force McSorley to make plays down the field against their young secondary. The Buckeyes should stack the box with their young linebackers to limiting Sanders and his big play ability. Their linebackers will be tested as junior Malik Harrison leads the way at outside linebacker with total tackles for linebackers (12). Sanders is a key part of the Penn State offense that will help McSorley as well if he gets frequent carries and gets going early against the weaker part of the Buckeyes defense.
Penn State Quarterback Trace McSorley vs. Ohio State Quarterback Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins, statistically, is one of the best quarterbacks in college football right now. The redshirt sophomore quarterback is in the Heisman race; along with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Haskins has run the Ohio State offense exceptionally well, as he has thrown for 1,194 yards and 16 touchdowns to only one interception. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has a tough task ahead of him if he has to outplay Haskins even though he had a good season himself this year. In a run-first offense, McSorley has thrown for 763 yards and eight touchdowns to 2 interceptions. He also has six rushing touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback the Ohio State defense will have to be prepared for. This should be a great game as these Heisman contenders will be facing off in the biggest college football game this week.[AndrewKimTwitter]