Penn State vs Ohio State – Picks and Predictions

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Penn State vs Ohio State – Picks and Predictions

Author: Andy Hammel | Publish Date: October 17, 2023 | Last Updated: October 20, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

The 2023 college football season will see a major flashpoint game take place this weekend, with the #7 Penn State Nittany Lions (6-0) traveling to take on the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0).

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Odds will be available on all betting apps, including money lines, spreads, totals, and a range of props. Below, we’ll go over what bettors can expect from the upcoming game and how to claim the best sports betting promos for Saturday's contest.

Head-to-Head: Penn State vs Ohio State

Penn State and Ohio State have played several games over the years as conference rivals, but Ohio State has come out victorious in 9 of the last 10 of them. Granted, they’ve been close – since the Nittany Lions’ last win in 2016, the Buckeyes have won two games by a score or less and haven’t won any of the meetings by over 13 points.

Both teams are undefeated thus far in the 2023 season, but it hasn’t been the same story for both teams. Penn State has covered the spread in all six of their outings, by no fewer than 14 points – their closest win was a 30-13 road conquest over Illinois. Ohio State has covered by 17 in their last two games, but are only 3-3 against the spread on the season and narrowly avoided a loss to Notre Dame in September, winning 17-14 as time expired.

As far as commonalities, both teams have been defensive stalwarts this season. Penn State allows the fewest yards per game (193.7) and second-fewest points (8.0) of any team in college football, while Ohio State ranks seventh (263.5) and third (9.7) in the same metrics.

How to Bet on Penn State vs Ohio State

Penn State and Ohio State will draw more eyes than possibly any other game this college football weekend, and their lines will be featured prominently on college football betting apps. Finding the game at online sportsbooks won’t be hard, but make sure to browse your available options to get your choice of bets at the best odds.

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Additionally, try to keep up with any key updates concerning player injuries or availability. The absence of major players will show up in line movement ahead of the game, but whether other players are able to suit up can still ultimately make the difference.

Penn State vs Ohio State Odds

  • Money Line: PSU +155, OSU -188
  • Spread: OSU -4.5
  • Total: o/u 46.5

Betting Tips for Penn State vs Ohio State

  • PSU is 10-0 in their last 10 games.
  • PSU is 10-0 ATS in their last 10 games.
  • PSU is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings with OSU.
  • OSU is 6-0 in the 2023 season but only 3-3 ATS.
  • OSU is 9-1 in their last 10 meetings with PSU.

Penn State vs Ohio State Predictions

No defense in college football holds opposing quarterbacks to fewer passing yards per game, a lower completion percentage, or a lower QB rating than Penn State. They also allow a league-low 193.7 total yards per game, have shut out two of their last three opponents, and haven’t allowed an opponent to score more than 15 points all season. If any team is the odds-on favorite to derail Ohio State’s season before their annual year-end meeting with Michigan, it’s Penn State.

Between their own defensive dominance and that of the Buckeyes – who boast the seventh-best yards allowed marked as a defense with 263.5 per game – this game won’t attract many bettors to the over. If Penn State doesn’t win in a low-scoring affair, they’re a good bet to hold it within a field goal and cover the spread.

Prediction: Penn State +4.5

Andy Hammel

Andy is our resident NFL expert, but his knowledge extends to all corners of the sports betting industry. Andy is always tracking betting trends and keeping you up to date on all the relevant news in your home state.