Ohio State-Penn State Preview Capsule

Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012
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No. 9 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at Penn State (5-2, 3-0), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Pick'em.

Series Record: Tied 13-13.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Maybe the unofficial Big Ten title. Neither team can play in the postseason thanks to NCAA sanctions. It hasn't kept either from putting together impressive first seasons under new coaches. For Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions, this would be the biggest victory of what has been a remarkable turnaround.

KEY MATCHUP

Penn State QB Matt McGloin vs. Ohio State's secondary. McGloin has developed into one of the best passers in the Big Ten, a testament to O'Brien's system and coaching. McGloin is second in the Big Ten in yards passing (1,788) and touchdown passes (14). The Ohio State defense has given up lots of big plays, but cornerbacks Travis Howard and Bradley Roby have talent and have combined for five interceptions.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ohio State: QBs Braxton Miller and/or Kenny Guiton. Miller left the Purdue game last week with a head injury but he's been practicing and both he and coach Urban Meyer say he's ready to go. Still, Meyer said Guiton, who led the Buckeyes' to an overtime victory, is ready to play.

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