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Buckeyes open as solid favorite at Penn State

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Ohio State will travel to Penn State as a double-digit favorite. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes open as solid favorite at Penn State

COLUMBUS — The season opener is officially behind Ohio State.

After a slow start and a close game in the first half, the Buckeyes pulled away from Nebraska for an impressive opening-week win. Now, they’ll hit the road for the first time this season for an early-season challenge.

Ohio State opened this highly-anticipated week as an eight-point favorite on the road at Penn State, according to VegasInsider.com. The Buckeyes handled their business in Week One with a runaway victory.

“The No. 1 goal is to go 1-0, and I think that’s the tricky thing here at Ohio State,” Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said. “If you’re going to win championships, it doesn’t matter how you win, it only matters if you win. The best thing we can do is apologize for how we win.”

Penn State, however, did not get to 1-0 on the season. The Nittany Lions fell as a road favorite to Indiana, and now they’ll have to regroup against one of the best three teams in the country. Ohio State won’t take Penn State lightly despite the struggles in State College.

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Justin Fields and the Buckeyes are favored on the road at Penn State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Ohio State gambling trends

Ohio State is 1-0 against the spread this season, covering the 26-point spread Saturday against Nebraska. Penn State lost as a 6.5-point favorite on the road at Indiana in its first game of the season.

The Buckeyes are 1-4 against the spread against Penn State in their last five meetings; they failed to cover the 17-point spread last season in an 11-point win and won back-to-back meetings over the Nittany Lions by one point. Ohio State was 4-1 against the spread as an away favorite last season.

Ohio State is 29-13-2 against the spread against ranked Big Ten opponents since 2006. And although the game this weekend lost some of its luster with no Whiteout crowd and no undefeated top-10 matchup, the Buckeyes are facing their biggest challenge of the season on the road.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.