Ohio State football: Penn State week is here, Buckeyes favored big, AP Top 25 rank stays same
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It’s Penn State week
It’s all on the table for Ohio State this week, as the Buckeyes get ready to take on No. 2 Penn State.
The bye week came at the perfect time for Ohio State, which is hoping to validate its scorching run of blowouts with a signature victory against a big-time opponent. To add to the big-game atmosphere, ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from Columbus on Saturday.
Ohio State opens as big favorite
Penn State might have the higher ranking, but oddsmakers are betting on the Buckeyes. They opened as a 7-point favorite over Penn State on Sunday.
Ohio State has a loss and the Nittany Lions are undefeated, but the Buckeyes have been playing on a different level lately. Plus, the game is in Columbus, where Urban Meyer has easily handled the Nittany Lions both times he has previously faced them.
Buckeyes stay No. 6 in polls
After having the weekend off, Ohio State kept its No. 6 ranking in the AP Top 25 released Sunday. The Buckeyes also remained at No. 6 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
The Buckeyes stayed put in Land of 10’s Big Ten Power Poll, released Sunday night, as well. That means No. 2 behind Penn State.
What else we wrote
A brief look at what we recently published:
- Former Buckeyes star Malik Hooker was injured on a nasty hit on Sunday in the Indianapolis Colts game
- Former Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith was reportedly arrested Friday night
Other news to note
We’re not the only site that covers the Buckeyes. Here are some items from our friends at other outlets.
- Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors compiled 5 takeaways from Penn State’s win that could show up against the Buckeyes
- From Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com: Ohio State is better than Penn State this year
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— Billy Price (@b_price54) October 22, 2017
Highest graded #Saints, by PFF:
-Marshon Lattimore (93.6)
-Vonn Bell (83.7)
-Ted Ginn Jr. (83.5)
-Mark Ingram (80.8)
-Michael Thomas (79.6)
— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) October 22, 2017
Ready for round 2, Buckeyes?
We’re headed back to Columbus for Penn State vs. Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/OqMW3kCgcc
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 22, 2017
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