2012 College Football Week 9 Odds & Spread: Ohio State vs. Penn State Print
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Thursday, 25 October 2012 09:30
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Ohio State vs. Penn State Odds

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STATE COLLEGE, PA (The Spread) – No. 9 Ohio State and Penn State play for pride when the two meet on Saturday at 5:30PM ET on ESPN.

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Ohio State is 8-0 on the year, 4-0 in the Big Ten and 2-0 on the road. Penn State is 5-2 on the season, 3-0 in the Big Ten and 3-1 at home. Neither team is eligible to play in the postseason due to NCAA sanctions. Penn State is currently 6-1 against the spread this year while the Buckeyes are 3-5 ATS. Ohio State has won four of its last six against Penn State.

Trends show that the road team is 4-1 against the spread in the last 5 games in this series and that the two teams have combined to hit the under in 6 of the last 8 games played between these two.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Penn State is a very slim favorite at home in this game, as the Nittany Lions have odds of -1 points against Ohio State. The over/under total for the game has been set at 50.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Penn State favored by 2.5 points. The spread bounced around a lot during the week, falling as low at Ohio State -1.5 before closing back at PSU -1.

Ohio State is coming off a hard-fought 29-22 overtime win against Purdue last week. The Buckeyes had to win the game without quarterback Braxton Miller, who left the game after taking a violent hit. Miller is cleared to play on Saturday despite the injury last week. He has thrown for 1,384 yards and 11 touchdowns this season while also rushing for 959 yards and 10 scores. Miller has led the Ohio State offense to 39 points per game this year. Defensively, Ohio State is only allowing 24.3 points per contest.

Penn State is coming off a 38-14 win at Iowa last week. The Nittany Lions have won five straight since an 0-2 start to the year. Penn State is scoring 28.6 points per game on offense while the defense is holding opponents to just 15.7 points per contest. The Penn State offense has been led by Matthew McGloin, who has thrown for 1,788 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Ohio State receiver Corey Brown is questionable with a head injury while defensive back Devan Bogard is out with a knee injury. Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman is out with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Ohio State. The Buckeyes are getting 76% of the wagers with odds of +1 point at Penn State on Saturday.

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