Real Pod Wednesdays: Predicting Whether Ohio State vs. Penn State Will Be A Close Game or A Blowout After Another Dominant Win over Indiana

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on October 27, 2021 at 11:05 am
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Ohio State keeps looking better and better each week, but this week's game should – or at least could? – give the Buckeyes a tougher test.

The Buckeyes kept things rolling with another blowout win over Indiana on Saturday, and that's what we spent the first half of this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays discussing. There's plenty of good things to say about both Ohio State’s offense and defense after the Buckeyes scored 54 and allowed just seven against the Hoosiers, and there were no shortage of players who had performances worthy of praise in Bloomington, from C.J. Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson, Evan Pryor, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Jeremy Ruckert on offense to Tommy Eichenberg, Kourt Williams, Zach Harrison and Tyreke Smith on defense.

At the 28-minute mark, we shift our focus ahead to this week's game against Penn State. The Nittany Lions are the first ranked opponent Ohio State has played since its loss to Oregon, but they're also coming off of back-to-back losses and James Franklin seems to be distracted. The Buckeyes are favored to win Saturday's game by nearly three touchdowns. Will Saturday night's game be another lopsided win for the Buckeyes, or will it be the battle that a game against Penn State usually is? We dig into the matchup and make our predictions for how it will play out.

In the final 10 minutes of the show, we also discuss whether the winner of this week's Michigan/Michigan State game will jump Ohio State, how the first seven games of the 2021 season have been similar to 2014 and 2017 and why Saturday is C.J. Stroud’s chance to become the Heisman frontrunner.

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