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Penn State vs Ohio State: Do You Believe in Miracles?


This Saturday, the Penn State Nittany Lions square off against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Penn State is coming off a win against Indiana, where we saw Brent Pry’s defense let up more points and yards than need be.

The Chase Young factor

Ohio State could have the best overall defensive player in College Football right now in Chase Young. With 13.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 5 forced fumbles, the Nittany Lions offensive line will have their hands full with this budding superstar. This line has given up 19 sacks to date, which roughly averages out to 2 sacks per game.

Potential injury return? 

Although there is no news on the health of WR K.J Hamler, Penn State staff and players alike are hoping to see “the human joystick” return in the biggest game to date. Hamler brings that added threat to Rick Rahne’s offense with his team-high 8 TD. Also, with Hamler in the lineup, it frees up other playmakers like TE Pat Freiermuth, who again is on pace to lead the Big Ten in touchdowns for tight ends. 

Can Sean Clifford block out the noise? 

Clifford has been through the wringer this season with constant backlash from fans. The sophomore has performed admirably, throwing for 2,450 yards and 22 TD. However, with 8 INT this season, most of them come from poor judgment on his part.

Can James Franklin change his luck?

Franklin, during his tenure at Happy Valley, has not maintained consistent success. He has posted an abysmal record against the Buckeyes, with a 1-4 record. His only win came in 2016 off an improbable blocked kick in an eventual 24-21 victory. Could this year bring the same fortune to Franklin and the Nittany Lions? 

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