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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes head to Penn State as betting favorite

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E.J. Liddell is leading the Buckeyes offense as they prepare to take on Penn State. (Jeffrey Becker/USA TODAY Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes head to Penn State as betting favorite

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Buckeyes head to Penn State as betting favorite

Ohio State has won six straight games and is one of the hottest teams in the country right now.

But it also hasn’t beaten Penn State on the road since 2017. The Buckeyes will attempt to snap that losing streak Thursday night when they take on the Nittany Lions at 8 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

And the Buckeyes will face a talented, but inconsistent Penn State team Thursday as 5.5-point favorites, according to the folks at VegasInsider.com.

The Buckeyes are 13-7-1 against the spread this season, and they are 5-3-1 against the spread on the road this year. Penn State, meanwhile, is 9-8 against the number this season and 4-5 against the number at home. The over has hit in six of the Buckeyes nine road games this season.

But those numbers and trends aren’t on the minds of the Buckeyes. They’re focused on getting back to Columbus with a seventh-straight win and their first win road win over Penn State since 2017.

Could Buckeyes have any spring position changes?

Ohio State is set to start spring practice next month, and the running back room is loaded with six different running backs that all have a chance to make a claim at the starting ball-carrying job. But could one of those running backs potentially make a switch of positions to better-suit his career?

Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward broke down why Steele Chambers could be a prime candidate to shift to linebacker and help himself and the Buckeyes on the field next season. Part of that can be found here:

Chambers has a fallback plan that most tailbacks don’t, and there were plenty of recruiters who believed that his best position might actually be at linebacker when he was coming out of Georgia two years ago. At least one teammate has already rediscovered that by flipping through some old high-school tape, seeing Chambers pop as a relentless tackler who can work sideline-to-sideline and punish ball-carriers when he arrives at the collision point. And while Ohio State has a handful of linebackers who have paid their dues and are ready for their shot with the Silver Bullets, that unit could surely benefit from having another versatile option on hand this spring.

For the full story, click here.

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

The offseason is in full swing for Ohio State, but that won’t stop Lettermen Live from another episode hosted by our friends at Roosters.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by Nicole Cox from Roosters, former Buckeyes linebacker Bobby Carpenter, former Buckeyes quarterback Justin Zwick and Lettermen Row staff writer Spencer Holbrook to break down the latest news, including the return of Al Washington to the Ohio State coaching staff.

The crew also dives some of the worst weather they’ve played football in, the great food at Roosters, how the Buckeyes can benefit from hiring two new analysts and plenty more.

As always, Lettermen Live is hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

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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.