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    Can the Buckeyes stem Lions Momentum?

    Updated: November 9th, 2010
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    Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes

    With the Lions playing better, this matchup is much more exciting than the way it would have looked just 3 weeks ago when Penn State was struggling to score a point. Now with three straight wins, a QB with confidence, and an Evan Royster sighting, Penn State enters Columbus with a chance. Ohio State has a huge game next week at Iowa. Will they overlook the Lions? (check team intensity) Does Penn State have a chance? Let’s take a look.

    When Ohio State has the ball:
    Terrell Pryor struggles with the short passing game. Some say it’s his long arms which affect accuracy. Others say it’s an inability to understand what the defense is giving him. Either way, the teams that have played the best defense against Pryor and the Buckeyes, are the ones that have a defensive line that gets pressure and holds the edge preventing Pryor’s runs which many times happen on the perimeter. Penn State’s defensive line has struggled to put pressure on opposing QBs this year and has only 13 sacks. So Pryor, playing at home, should have no problem against the Penn State defense. On the ground, Penn State is average against the run. So expect RB Herron to have enough success especially when the offense is balanced.
    Edge Ohio State

    When Penn State has the ball:
    Penn State’s three game win streak has come against the bottom of Big Ten defenses. Jo Paterno teams normally have a habit of improving as the weather gets colder but after playing Minnesota, Michigan, and Northwestern, they now go against the best run stopping defense they will play all year. If Penn State is not able to run the ball which is the most probable outcome especially with LB Ross Homan back from injury this week, QB Matt McGloin will find things difficult on the road and will throw a few picks. It will be a long day for the Penn State offense on the road.
    Huge Edge Ohio State

    Special Teams
    Penn State has been solid in Special Teams whereas the Buckeyes have struggled with return coverage. Penn State could make some plays that can affect field position.
    Edge Penn State

    Big Ten Analyst-John Jacobson

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    John "JJBeatz" Jacobson is a handicapping analyst who covers the Big Ten, Sun Belt, MAC, Big East, Big 12 and Conference USA for www.collegefootballbreakdown.com. His nickname, "JJBeatz" was given to him by colleagues on Wall Street for his ability to make them money betting college football. JJBeatz is short for JJ beats the spread.

    John's passion for the sport of college football began when he played his first parlay card in elementary school. His fascination with making informative predictions allowed for a smooth transition into equity analysis and trading on Wall Street. As John often says, "Similar skills, such as money management, an analytical mind, hard work, an attention to detail, and perseverance, are needed in both trading and sports betting." JJ continues to work on his craft and loves to make people money.

    E-mail JJBeatz: jjbeatz@collegefootballbreakdown.com.

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