Ohio State-Penn State match-ups



C.J. Stroud has thrown four or more touchdown passes in 12 of the 19 games he has started at No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten).

Sean Clifford —in his sixth year at Penn State and his fourth as a starter — has thrown for 1,445 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

Advantage: Ohio State


Ohio State’s running game was ineffective in a 54-10 win over Iowa last week. TreVeyon Henderson ran for 38 yards and Miyan Williams gained 19 yards.

Two freshman have led Penn State’s running game. Nick Singleton, who was ranked the No. 1 running back recruit nationally last year, has rushed for 561 yards and seven touchdowns for the Nittany Lions (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten). Kaytron Allen has gained 396 yards.

Advantage: Ohio State


Jaxon Smith-Njigba returned to OSU’s lineup after a long rehab for a leg injury and had one catch for seven yards against Iowa. Julian Fleming showed he can be a deep threat with a 79-yard touchdown catch. Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka continued to be outstanding.

Wide receivers Parker Washington and Mitchell Tinsley give Clifford two quality targets. Washington has 30 catches for 388 yards. Tinsley, a transfer from Western Kentucky, has 28 catches for 340 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Brenton Strange has 17 catches, four of them for touchdowns.

Advantage: Ohio State


Ohio State’s offensive line faced some questions for the first time all season after the Iowa game. Pass protection appeared to be solid, with only one sack allowed. But running for only 66 yards on 30 carries was unpleasantly similar to rushing for 64 yards on 30 carries against Michigan last year.

Penn State’s right tackle Caedan Wallace is a three-year starter. Center Juice Scruggs was honorable mention All-Big Ten last season.

Advantage: Ohio State


Four of the five sacks OSU got against Iowa belonged to defensive linemen. The pressure applied by the line played a big role in the six turnovers Iowa had, five of which involved Hawkeyes quarterbacks.

Defensive end Adisa Isaac leads Penn State with five tackles for losses. Defensive tackle P.J. Mustipher was second-team All-Big Ten last season.

Advantage: Ohio State


Ohio State played three linebackers instead of its usual two around 1/3 of the game against Iowa to counter the Hawkeyes’ heavy reliance on running the ball.

Curtis Jacobs leads Penn State with 36 tackles, including 14 against Minnesota last week. Freshman middle linebacker Abdul Carter has 31 tackles.

Advantage: Ohio State


Jordan Hancock, who played for the first time all season last week, looks like he will provide some help at cornerback for OSU.

Cornerbacks Joey Porter Jr. (11 passes defended) and Kalen King (8 passes defended) and safety JiAyir Brown (41 tackles, 3 interceptions) make this position group the strength of Penn State’s defense.

Advantage: Penn State


Kicker Noah Ruggles is 26 of 28 on field goals in his OSU career. Punter Jesse Mirco averages 44.9 yards per kick.

Penn State kicker Jake Pinegar is 6 of 8 on field goals. Punter Barney Amor averages 44.2 yards per kick.

Advantage: Ohio State


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