Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Overall view of Ohio Stadium during kickoff between Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes Preview

The Nittany Lions return from their second and final bye week, and get thrown right into the fire with a trip to Ohio Stadium to face the 4th ranked, and undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes.  Penn State of course comes in on a huge high after last week’s 43-40 quadruple overtime victory against Michigan.  After a weekend away, PSU must focus quickly on an Ohio State team looking to keep their national title hopes alive.

Ohio State will come in off an uneven 34-24 win over Iowa last week in Columbus.  The Buckeyes trailed that game until early on in the 2nd half.  Carlos Hyde has picked up where he left off a season ago, after sitting for the season’s first three games following an off season incident at an area nightclub.  In the last two games, Hyde has carried the ball 50 times for 317 yards and 5 touchdowns, much of that damage coming late in each game.

With apologies to Indiana’s crowd, this marks Penn State’s first big road game of the season, and quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s first trip into a truly hostile environment.  The 8:00 start time and 105,000 packed into The Horseshoe will be ready to make life difficult for the freshman.  PSU has a less than stellar history in Columbus, but after going nearly 30 years between wins at Ohio Stadium, the Lions have taken 2 of the last 3 along the Olentangy (2008, 2011).

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