Ohio State's most important game of the regular season has arrived.
A Big Ten Championship Game berth and a potential ticket to the College Football Playoff will be on the line when No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 8 Penn State on Saturday, and as you might expect, most of this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays is spent on previewing the matchup between the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions and the implications of it.
Should the Buckeyes really be favored by three scores? How much of an advantage will Ohio State's offense have against Penn State's shaky passing defense? What impact will Chase Young make in his return? Is there any reason to be concerned that the Buckeyes haven't played a four-quarter game this year, and could a win on Saturday be enough to propel Ohio State back to the No. 1 spot in the CFP rankings?
We discuss all of that in this week's episode, while we also take a look back at last weekend's 56-21 win over Rutgers – and why a slightly less dominant performance than expected really isn't anything to worry about – and have a quick conversation about just how good the Ohio State men's basketball team could be this season after its 4-0 start.
As always, we close out the show by answering your questions, including when was the last time Ohio State played a Big Ten game of this magnitude and whether there any areas in which Penn State could have an advantage over the Buckeyes this year.