3 Bold Predictions for Big Ten Showdown Between Ohio State and Penn State

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 16: Justin Fields #1 hands off the ball to J.K. Dobbins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half of their game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at SHI Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Ohio State v Rutgers | Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

The biggest game of the week in college football will pit Sean Clifford and Penn State's offense against an Ohio State team that is considered by many to be the best team in the country and features three Heisman candidates in Chase Young, Justin Fields and JK Dobbins. The fate of the Big Ten and, potentially, the fate of the College Football Playoff, rests in the balance of this result. Given how the last two meetings between these teams have gone down, get ready for some truly outrageous stuff.

3. Yetur Gross-Matos Picks up Three Sacks

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 05: Yetur Gross-Matos #99 of the Penn State Nittany Lions lines up against the Purdue Boilermakers during the second half at Beaver Stadium on October 5, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Purdue v Penn State | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Despite what the last few weeks suggest, Penn State has one of the most ferocious defenses in the country, with Gross-Matos at the center of it all. Despite regularly facing double teams, Gross-Matos has managed 6.5 sacks and has caught the attention of plenty of NFL scouts. If Ohio State has one weakness on their offense, it's the fact that their offensive tackles aren't world beaters, and Gross-Matos could wiggle into the Buckeyes backfield often.

2. Justin Fields Combines for 4 Total Touchdowns

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 09:  Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass against the Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium on November 9, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)
Maryland v Ohio State | G Fiume/Getty Images

Fields has more than lived up to all of the hype he accrued as a transfer from Georgia, throwing for 31 touchdown passes and running in 10 more while only throwing one interception on the season. Fields, once a Penn State commit, is probably going to have a little something extra up his sleeve planned for this one. Expect him to stare down a tough Nittany Lion defense and excel to the tune of four touchdowns, making Penn State fans even more salty that he isn't wearing navy and white.

1. Chase Young Leads Ohio State to a Double-Digit Win

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 18: Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to rush the quarterback against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 18, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Ohio State v Northwestern | Quinn Harris/Getty Images

After missing two glorified scrimmages against Maryland and Rutgers, the best defensive player in the country returns to what is statistically the best defense in the nation. Young is just a half-sack off the NCAA lead despite the fact that he missed the last two games, and has some very winnable matchups against the up-and-down Nittany Lion offensive lineman. Ohio State allows that fewest yards-per-game in the country, and Clifford is likely going to turn the ball over at least once against this unit, which should push the Buckeyes to victory.