Five reasons Penn State will win against Ohio

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Penn State lost to Ohio the last time they played back in 2012. The situation surrounding the team at that time was one of turmoil and heartache but fast forward ten years and the program is exactly where they want to be.

Coach James Franklin has a strong staff supporting him, recruiting is at an all-time high, and the team is a perfect blend of new faces and veterans to thrive in the Big Ten and beyond.

Tomorrow against Ohio though, Penn State will be heavy favorites for al the reasons we just listed. Breaking down five specific reasons is what we are here for of course! Every aspect of this team if it’s offense, defense, and special teams, Penn State has the advantage. Specifically though there are certain players who make the biggest difference and specific play styles that present the biggest problem for the Ohio Bobcats.

Defensive backs are too talented

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[autotag]Joey Porter Jr.[/autotag] had one of the best opening performances from anyone in the country last weekend. Six pass breakups and a forced fumble made a world of difference against Purdue. Add in [autotag]Ji’Ayir Brown[/autotag] is looking to get back on track after leading the nation in interceptions last year. Look for each of them to force at least one turnover tomorrow.

Veterans in passing game

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[autotag]Parker Washington[/autotag] simply didn’t make the trip to West Lafayette, Indiana last weekend. He had drops and wasn’t targeted enough to be a factor, that will change starting tomorrow. Look for him and [autotag]Mitchell Tinsley[/autotag], who already is showing a strong connection with [autotag]Sean Clifford[/autotag], to put up impressive numbers.

Running back group is too talented

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The Penn State running back trio of [autotag]Nick Singleton[/autotag], [autotag]Kaytron Allen[/autotag], and [autotag]Keyvone Lee [/autotag]will be to much punishment for the Ohio defense to handle. Expect there to be 30-40 rushing attempts tomorrow with those three beating down the Bobcats defense.

Nittany Lion coaching staff

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James Franklin has been around these type of trap games too many times to count in his career. Add in the fact its the home opener and he has veteran coordinators in [autotag]Manny Diaz[/autotag] and [autotag]Mike Yurcich[/autotag] who will have their groups ready and you have a tough situation for the Ohio staff to handle.

Special teams is already well polished

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An underrated aspect of this Penn State team is the special teams. Last week they had five punts inside the 20 yard line, should’ve been six. It shows this team has the edge over most teams in this area and if this game is close, which it shouldn’t be, special teams make the difference.

Story originally appeared on Nittany Lions Wire