One of the Big Ten’s traditional marquee matchups takes place Saturday in Ohio Stadium as Ohio State and Penn State tangle in a late-season showdown that will significantly shape the Big Ten East Division title race.
Two of the nation’s top defenses will be on display. The Buckeyes lead the nation in both total defense (216.4 yards/game), passing defense (126.0 yards/game) and scoring defense (9.8 points/game) while Penn State is No. 4 in rushing defense (75.9 yards/game) and No. 17 in total defense (316.2 yards/game).
Saturday is the 35th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Penn State with the Buckeyes holding a 19-14 edge in the series. The Buckeyes have won six of nine games when both teams are ranked in the top 10, including each of the last two meetings.
No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 23 • When: Noon • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft
Prior to kickoff on Saturday, Ohio State will honor 26 seniors who will be playing in their final game at Ohio Stadium. The group includes seven fifth-year seniors.
This year’s group has 46-5 over the last four years, 24-3 against Big Ten opponents and won back to back conference titles in 2017 and 2018.
The seniors honored pregame will be:
The eyes of the college football world will be on Columbus Saturday:
Ohio State will be playing at a College GameDay site for the 46th time, second most of any program in the country. The Buckeyes are 32-13 all-time in “GameDay” games.
J.K. O.K. IN NCAA
41-3: THIS. IS. WONDERFULLY. RIDICULOUS
EIGHT CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF 10 WINS
SPEAKING OF SACKS
TEN WINS BY 24 OR MORE
Since the start of the 2017 season, Ohio State has thrown 128 touchdown passes (in 38 games), the most in the country.
Ohio State is 27-5 against AP top 25 ranked teams in the last eight seasons with 12 consecutive wins. In addition, Ohio State has won 13 of its last 18 games against Associated Press top-10 ranked teams with five consecutive wins.
Over the last eight seasons, the Buckeyes lead the country in scoring offense, averaging 42.0 points in 105 games.
The Buckeyes have won 28 of their last 30 games played in the month of November.