The Penn State Nittany Lions have had an extra week to enjoy their four-overtime victory over Michigan at Beaver Stadium. Now, the Nittany Lions head to Columbus to take on the fourth-ranked Buckeyes who are currently riding a 19-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. Ohio Stadium is always a tough place to play, though Penn State has won two of its last three game there.
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Below are some of my thoughts as we approach kickoff in this Big Ten Conference battle.
• The hardest thing to figure out for Penn State this year has been who’s going to lead the team in rushing from week to week. Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch have all been the top rusher for at least one game this season. In the last game, Belton saw the most carries and finished the game with 85 yards on 27 carries and the game-winning touchdown. Zwinak leads with 393 yards and eight touchdowns, but received just eight carries in the last contest. Lynch, who put up 123 yards on 14 carries against Kent State, has mysteriously received just three total carries since then. It’s anyone’s guess who will lead the team in rushing this week.
• The Nittany Lions have to contain Braxton Miller in this one. Against Michigan, dual-threat quarterback Devin Gardner had a good game with both his legs and his arm. Though the Nittany Lions won, Gardner was free to make plays, throwing for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 121 yards on the ground. If Penn State allows Miller to gain that type of yardage, it could be a long day. Last season in Happy Valley, Ohio State was victorious behind Miller, who threw for a touchdown and added two on the ground.
• The Penn State offense has relied heavily on wide receiver Allen Robinson this season, and for good reason. Robinson is once again the top receiver in the Big Ten and is a threat to make a big play every time he gets the ball. In the last game against Michigan, Robinson was kept rather quiet for the first three quarters of the game. When Robinson finds double coverage, it’s important for someone else to step up for the Nittany Lions. Against Michigan, that other person was Brandon Felder, who scored two touchdowns. Ohio State’s Bradley Roby will likely be all over Robinson the entire game. I look for Felder and one of the tight ends, likely Jesse James, to be heavily involved tonight.
This is usually a classic Big Ten matchup and should make for great primetime television.
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