College Gameday has done a great job picking games to go to every week. Love or hate them, they always seem to get it right. That includes the Memphis-SMU game and the NDSU-SDSU game. Last week they traveled to Waco and what a fucking game that turned out to be.
It looked like Baylor was going to run away with it early. Oklahoma couldn’t get anything going on offense and Baylor jumped out to that always unsafe 28-3 lead. Oklahoma obviously came back, led by Jalen Hurts, and beat Baylor 34-31.
This week, the boys are traveling to Columbus, Ohio where the #2 Buckeyes face off against the 8th ranked Nittany Lions. It is the only ranked game of the week so this one was an easy choice. Not only is it the only ranked matchup of the week, but it has HUGE playoff implications. Let’s get right into it.
#8 Penn State @ #2 Ohio State
From the beginning of the season, Ohio State has been the best team in the country. They have laid waste to every single opponent they have faced this year. Their smallest margin of victory was a 24 point win over Michigan State. That includes a 31 point drubbing of 12th ranked Wisconsin. People recently have been talking about how they have played shitty offenses all year. I am here to tell you those people are fucking morons!
Ohio State has not only beaten every one of their opponents, they are straight fucking dominating them. Cincinnati is currently ranked 19th and OSU beat them 42-0. They have dominated every single aspect of every game and they have not left a shred of doubt. When you beat people like that, the schedule doesn’t fucking matter.
Penn State on the other hand has played in a number of close games. It started with a 17-10 win over Pitt in a monsoon. Then it was a 17-12 win over Iowa a couple of weeks later. Then they beat Michigan by 7 and Indiana by 7. In between those two close wins, PSU lost to Minnesota by 5 in a game where they were pretty much dominated from start to finish.
Chase Young is Back
A couple of weeks ago the news broke that Chase Young was going to be suspended. Obviously, the NCAA is complete dogshit and Chase Young didn’t do anything wrong, but he was suspended nonetheless. At first, reports indicated he would miss 4 games. That would mean he would miss this game as well as the game against Michigan. Well the NCAA only wound up suspending him for 2 games meaning he is back to make the Nittany Lions life a living hell.
Chase Young is the best player in college football and it really isn’t even close. He cannot be stopped no matter where he is on the line and he is a disruptive force offensives gameplan away from. Sean Clifford is going to have a hell of a time in the Horseshoe with Chase Young chasing him around all day.
Ohio State’s 2 Heisman Candidates
Justin Fields and JK Dobbins have been better than anyone could have imagined for this team. Fields has come in and been one of the best QBs in the country in his first year as a starter. Dobbins on the other hand is a stud and everyone pretty much knew that coming into this year.
Fields leads the nation in TD to Int ratio with 31 TDs to only 1 interception. That is fucking insane! He has 10 rushing TDs to go along with his 31 passing TDs. He has been the focal point of one of the most efficient offenses in the country and I am sure Georgia misses him at this point.
Dobbins on the other hand is a top 4 RB in the nation. He has all the tools to be a star at the next level, but for now he will have to settle for being the leading rusher on the best CFB team in America. He currently sits at 6th in the nation in rushing yards with 1,289. He is 11th in the country in YPC, averaging 7 yards per rush. The only reason his name was not mentioned with Taylor or Hubbard is because his TD numbers were down. That is mostly in part due to Fields success using his feet to get into the end zone.
No matter how you look at it, these are two guys no defense wants to face and they will be a fucking PROBLEM in the playoff this year.
Clifford and Company
This Penn State team goes only as far as Sean Clifford takes them. In their only loss of the year, Clifford threw 3 interceptions. He only has 3 picks combined in their 9 wins this season.
Gone are the days of Saquon Barkley and others. Clifford is the man on this offense and if he struggles, Penn State struggles. They will not win this game if he gets sacked more than 2 or 3 times and he has more than 1 turnover. Playing against a team like Ohio State requires near perfection. In those close games I mentioned earlier, they were able to get away with some small mistakes, but not this week.
Ohio State is near the top of every single defensive statistical category. It goes without saying that this is all going to be on Clifford. He needs to make the plays to win this game.
Penn State Defense
Right behind Ohio State in those categories is Penn State. The Nittany Lions have been a very underestimated defense all season long. Sean Clifford’s play has deflected some of the attention from them, but they are only giving up 14 PPG on the season.
They are allowing less than 85 yards per game on the ground this year. They will face their toughest test of the year so far and they need to be up to the task. If they can contain JK Dobbins it changes the entire game. Shutting down Dobbins makes OSU one dimensional, and we don’t know what this team looks like without having the ability to run the ball. They need to stop Dobbins without stacking the box. That is step 1.
Step 2 lies on a secondary that is 90th in the nation at stopping the pass. They are allowing over 250 yards per game through the air, and for that reason, it may not matter if they stop Dobbins or not. Justin Fields is going to play on Sundays at some point. If you are allowing 250 YPG to the likes of Shea Patterson and Nate Stanley, Justin Fields is going to give you nightmares.
This is going to be a fucking blowout! I’m sorry Nittany Lion fans, but I have a new hashtag for you guys: #WeAre…GoingToGetStompedByOSU. Justin Fields is going to have a huge day, and I expect Chase Young to come out angry and end the day with 3-4 sacks. This is going to be a goddamn bloodbath from start to finish.
Ohio State 38 Penn State 17