ESPN Reveals How Penn State Will Beat Ohio State
ESPN reveals how Penn State will beat Ohio State in a recent report.
Heading into Saturday’s game between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes, everyone seemed to agree that the favorites were the favorites for a reason.
Penn State has put together a nice little season, but Ohio State is arguably the best team in the nation.
However, according to a recent ESPN report, there is a path to victory for Penn State.
That path involved Penn State capitalizing on one of Ohio State’s few notable weaknesses: pass protection.
The Buckeyes rank 86th in sack rate allowed, which is obviously unexpected given how dominant the team has looked all year.
“Ohio State ranks 86th in sack rate allowed, 96th on passing downs and 117th on blitz downs (which I define as second-and-super-long or third-and-5 or more),” ESPN wrote.
“Fields has been so natural in his new offense, and his receivers are so frequently open, that he rarely has to go to Plan B, and he takes a little too much time switching gears.
“It has been this way all season — it was the only improvement I could find for them to make in October — and hasn’t really changed.
“This and PSU’s ability to force negative run plays — the Nittany Lions are stuffing 27% of non-sack rushes at or behind the line, fifth in the country — represent by far the Nittany Lions’ biggest opportunity.
“As good as Ohio State’s offense has been, and as efficient as it will be even on Saturday, negative plays are reliable drive killers.”
Will Penn State ultimately pull off the upset this weekend?
Time will tell.