COLUMBUS — Ohio State is finally at the real portion of its schedule.
Sure, home games against Michigan State and Wisconsin featured challenges. Ohio State still won both by at least three scores. The early-season road trip to Nebraska was supposed to be a test as well, but the Buckeyes made quick work of that business trip en route to a 41-point blowout.
But now, the Buckeyes will officially begin what they call a schedule that is like “March Madness.” If Ohio State beats Penn State on Saturday inside Ohio Stadium, it will clinch a third straight trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game and clear another hurdle toward getting to the College Football Playoff. If Ohio State falls at home, it’ll lose control of its own path to the playoff.
The stakes are higher than ever.
“I think our team knows what’s at stake, we have talked about that,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “But now it’s time to just focus on Penn State. This is a talent-equated game. We all know we have been in some games that we have had more talent than some of the other teams we have played. This is a team that talent equates.
“So, when that happens it goes back to discipline, it goes back to fundamentals, it goes back to toughness, all of those things that come into play when your talent no longer matters. Those are the [key] things, and we have got to do a good job putting a good game plan together, let the guys play, and then prepare them to go. Then the team that’s more prepared will win the game.”
There was a certain level of focus in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in the days leading up to this massive showdown, one that exceeds what the vibe in the building usually resembles. Ohio State seems locked in and ready to welcome the No. 8 team in the country, which they have beaten each of the last two seasons by a single point.
Although they are heavily favored, the Buckeyes know it won’t be as easy as the first 10 games of the season have been. For anybody heading to the game, listening on the radio or watching on TV, Lettermen Row has all the viewing information that could possibly be needed to not miss a moment of the biggest game of the season so far.
Ohio State vs. Penn State game time, details
Ohio State leads the all-time series against Penn State 19-14, and the Buckeyes are 11-7 against the Nittany Lions in Columbus. Ohio State is 17-8 against Penn State since the Nittany Lions were admitted into the Big Ten in 1993. The last three matchups have been decided by a combined five points; the Buckeyes have won each of the last two games by a single point.
Time: Noon ET
Date: Saturday, Nov. 23
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Weather: High of 42 degrees with a 76 percent chance of precipitation
The line: The Buckeyes are a 17-point favorite, per BetDSI
Over/under: 56.5 points
What TV channel is the Ohio State game on?
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions will play on FOX, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color analyst) and Jenny Taft (sideline) on the call.
How can I watch online?
The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions can be streamed online via FoxSports.com.
How can I listen to the game on the radio?
Paul Keels and Jim Lachey will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus. A full list of football radio affiliates for the program can be found here.
Miss any of our coverage so far this week?
- Five Questions as Buckeyes turn attention to Penn State, East title game
- Which Ohio State matchup is tougher: Penn State or Michigan?
- Tim May Podcast: Championship season arrives for Ohio State
- BuckIQ: DaVon Hamilton making sure world knows his name at Ohio State
- Buckeyes offered peek at future in blowout at Rutgers, not much more
- What We Learned as Ryan Day, Buckeyes prepare for East title game
- CFP Reaction: No. 2 Buckeyes have huge opportunity to reclaim top seed
- BuckIQ: Reliable, record-chasing K.J. Hill rolls into Ohio State home finale
- Surging Shaun Wade ready to erase bad Penn State memory
- Motivated, fully charged Chase Young will be major problem for Penn State
- Luke Farrell makes one-handed case for more Ohio State tight end targets
- BuckIQ: Malik Harrison fully unleashing freaky athleticism for Ohio State
- After ‘cautious’ injury approach, Buckeyes could see big payoff now
- Bruising Ohio State offensive line won’t back down from toughest test