So what can we gather from this?
It looks like the matchups between the Penn State offense and Ohio State defense will be fun to watch. Penn State may have a slight advantage in the running game with Ohio State having a slight advantage in pass defense. But overally this looks like the classic irresistible force and immovable object case. The key stat for me is third down efficiency. Ohio State has been a middle of the road team on third down conversions while Penn State has been outstanding in moving the chains. If Penn State can get decent yardage on first and second downs forcing short yardage on third downs I think Ohio State is going to have a real hard time stopping the Nitts.
A glance at Ohio State's offensive numbers against our defensive numbers makes me feel pretty good about our chances. The only thing that bugs me is the 45 points they hung on Sparty last week. A lot of that was aided by turnovers, but that's still a lot of points. Ohio State fans that went into that game uneasy about their offense are suddenly feeling like Tressel hit on something and they are expecting similar results from here out. We'll find out on Saturday night if they are correct.
The key will be stopping Terrelle Pryor and Beanie Wells from running the ball. If they can keep Pryor in the pocket and force him to throw I think the Penn State defense will handle them easily. If we come out playing nickel with five guys in the box like we did against Michigan expect the State College suicide hotline to get another flood of calls around the end of the first quarter.