Even today, there are parallels. PSU and OSU have both been inconsistent on offense this year, especially at the quarterback position. Christian Hackenberg has been producing in fits and starts, while Ohio State seems to have taken a step back from the utter Quarterback Renaissance it experienced last year. Penn State lost to Temple in week 1 (The Owls are still undefeated by the way) and scraped past Army, while Ohio State has looked vulnerable in almost every game this season. Both teams have played solid defense, and Joey Bosa (OSU) and Carl Nassib (PSU) figure to compete for Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten.
All of these similarities should make this year's rivalry game all the more fascinating. The opening Vegas line for this game was Ohio State minus 17.5. While it's possible that things could just fall apart, that's more points than the PSU defense allows in an average game this season. If I was a betting man (I'm not), I'd be putting my money on PSU all day at those odds.
Check back with us closer to kickoff time for a more in-depth preview of Saturday's game!