Big time game set in Big Ten East

Dan Del Bene, Staff Writer

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Panoramic view of Ohio Stadium during a game with Northwestern University in 2007.

One of the biggest games of the year will most likely decide the fate of the Big Ten and the final college football playoff selection.

The winner of the Big Ten East will be decided this weekend in Columbus, Oh. when two top ten teams in No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions and No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes square off.

So far throughout the year, both teams have had very impressive seasons with Ohio State currently undefeated at 10-0.  Penn State is 9-1 record with their one blemish being a road loss to the 10th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Ohio State so far has had an impressive win over No. 14 Wisconsin when they won 38-7.  Ohio State has blown out its competition so far with a point differential of 417 points.

Penn State has had a very good year with such a young team.  Starting the season with a 9-1 record with big wins over No. 13 Michigan and No. 17 Iowa on the road.

Ohio State is arguably the most complete team in college football with the top-ranked scoring offense and top-ranked defense. Ohio State has three Heisman Trophy candidates: Justin Fields, JK Dobbins, and Chase Young.

Penn State has a top-five defense with young explosive players on offense like KJ Hamler, Sean Clifford, and two explosive freshman runningbacks in Devyn Ford and Noah Cain.

In the last three seasons, this has been the best rivalry in college football with all three games being decided by three points or less.

In 2016, Ohio State was favored by 19.5 points in State College where Penn State created the upset of the season defeating the No. 2 Buckeyes.

Later in 2017, the No. 6 Buckeyes defeated the No. 2 Nittany Lions spurring an 18-point comeback.

Much like 2017, last year, the Buckeyes made a 12-point comeback stunning Penn State winning by one point.

Ohio State is by far the favorite in the media’s eyes, and once again they are a 19-point favorite against the Lions. Just remember, the last time the Buckeyes were a 19-point favorite or more, the Nittany Lions shocked the world and defied the odds.

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Bold Prediction

Penn State will keep the game close throughout the first three quarters, but Ohio State will pull ahead, in the end, winning the game 38-27.

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