COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day is scheduled to hold his weekly news conference as the No. 5 Buckeyes are set to take on No. 20 Penn State.
No. 5 Ohio State is at home this weekend to take on the Nittany Lions in a night game that will feature a “Scarlet Out” at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes won their fifth-straight game, last Saturday, in commanding fashion, beating Indiana 54-7.
No. 20 Penn State, on the other hand, is coming off two straight losses, including an upset defeat to unranked Illinois in a nine-overtime game, the longest game in college football history.
Despite Penn State’s loss, the Nittany Lions still have a chance to win the Big Ten East if they win out with games against Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan State and No. 6 Michigan.
“When you look at games we’ve had in the past [against Penn State], it’s always been a dog fight,” Day said. “They’re one of the best programs in the country.”
A lot of what makes Penn State a tough opponent is their defense, which ranks sixth in the country in points allowed per game (14.71).
“It’s a very good defense . . . They have a very good scheme, very good players,” Day said. “They’re one of the better defenses in the country.”
One area of Penn State’s defense the Buckeyes can exploit is their rush defense, which allows 146 yards per game. OSU ranks second in yards per rush (6.18) and have a running back in TreVeyon Henderson who continues to torch opposing defenses and has 14 touchdowns, four shy of Maurice Clarett’s freshman record.
Speaking of defense, Ohio State put together arguably its best defensive performance of the season against the Hoosiers and have now allowed two touchdowns or less in four-straight games.
Running backs Marcus Crowley and Master Teague did not play in the win over Indiana. Day says they hope to get Teague back this week but added Crowley “is going to be out for a long time” after suffering an injury during Ohio State’s bye week.