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Ohio State-Penn State Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 23, 2014 at 11:29 am •  Published: October 23, 2014
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No. 13 OHIO STATE (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) at PENN STATE (4-2, 1-2), 8 p.m. ET (ABC)

Line: Ohio State by 13½

Series Record: Ohio State leads, 15-13

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Buckeyes have won four in a row by an average score of 56-17. They can't afford a slip with two weeks left to their big showdown against No. 8 Michigan State. The Nittany Lions, after a 4-0 start, have dropped two in a row. They are bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 after NCAA sanctions were lifted.

KEY MATCHUP

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg against Ohio State's secondary. The Buckeyes have been burned by a lot of quick-strike, long TD passes this season and toward the end of last year. But they seem to have eliminated some mistakes in allowing just one score through the air (and from only 4 yards out) in the last two games. For the Nittany Lions to win, Hackenberg must have time to throw.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ohio State: QB J.T. Barrett has thrown 17 TD passes with one pick over the last four games. DE Joey Bosa has 9 tackles for a loss, including 5.5 sacks with three forced fumbles.

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