The second-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will look to remain unbeaten when they hit the road to take on the sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a contest that I believe is the best game on the entire Week 9 schedule.
The Week 9 college football betting line favors the Buckeyes by 6.5-points over the Nittany Lions. Now, let’s find out which one of the national championship hopefuls is the right pick to cover the chalk.
Penn State vs Ohio State Line & Expert Pick
Penn State Nittany Lions (7-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1)
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Ohio Stadium
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5
Why Bet the Penn State Nittany Lions Line at +6.5
Penn State remained unbeaten by laying an emphatic 42-13 smackdown on Michigan as running back Saquon Barkley rushed 15 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 53 yards and another score to lead the Nittany Lions to victory.
Quarterback Trace McSorley completed 17 of 26 passes for 282 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the win. Penn State powerful defense held the Wolverines scoreless in the second half and the Nittany Lions committed just one penalty. Defensively, Penn State leads the nation in allowing just 9.6 points per game.
Why Bet the Ohio State Buckeyes Line at -6.5
Ohio State has won five straight including their emphatic 56-14 blowout win over Nebraska as quarterback J.T. Barrett completed 27 f 33 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns while running back J.K. Dobbins rushed 12 times for 106 yards and one score. Ohio State won the time of possession battle by over 11 minutes and held Nebraska to a paltry 44 rushing yards in the win while going 10-for-13 on third downs (77%).
Penn State vs Ohio State Expert Pick
I am betting that Penn State takes down Ohio State in their immense Week 9 Big Ten battle despite being on the road. Buckeyes have scored at least 54 points in each of their last four games, but against UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland, and Nebraska. Not the top tier teams in Div I.
Penn State has the best player in all of college football on their side in running back Saquon Barkley if you ask me and the Nittany Lions have held six of their seven opponents this season to 14 points or less while not giving up more than 19 points in any game.
The Nittany Lions are a near perfect 11-1-1 ATS in their last 13 conference games, 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win and 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. Despite their recent string of routs, the Buckeyes are still just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. Not only does Penn State cover the spread as 6-point road dogs, but they do so by winning outright!
Pick: Penn State +6