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University Park, P.A. - The most anticipated college football game of the week has turned into one of the most anticipated games of the year. Penn State and Ohio state resume their rivalry on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The last two years Penn State and Ohio State have been the Big Ten's best teams and the 2018 year brings two undefeated teams onto the field at Beaver Stadium.
It was in 2016 when PSU upset highly ranked Ohio State 24-21 and put themselves back on track to becoming an elite program. The two teams meeting in 2017 was just as exciting. The Buckeyes came out on top with a 39-38 win after trailing, with just 1:48 remaining in the game.
Fast forward to 2018 and everyone is anticipating the same aggressive and back-and-fourth game on Saturday. Both teams enter week five with almost identical numbers. Looking at these teams on paper, it would be hard to tell them apart by just looking at the numbers. Ohio State ranks fourth in the AP polls, while the Nittany Lions enters ninth. Saturday will be a match-up of the highest scoring offenses in the nation, as Penn State (55.5.) and Ohio State (54.5) rank first and second in FBS.
Two players that will have all eyes on them will both be at the quarterback position, two players that arrived into the 2018-19 season as probable Heisman Trophy favorites. Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins has arrived playing lights out from the start of Week 1. The sophomore has put up monstrous numbers so far on the 2018 season. Haskins leads the Big Ten in completion percentage (75.7), passing efficiency (207.0), passing touchdowns (16), passing yards (1,194) passing yards per completion (13.72)
"I mean I think it would be hard to beat any team if you don't put pressure on the quarterback" said PSU defensive end Shareef Miller.
"But, especially a team that has Dwayne. The way Dwayne has been putting up numbers recently. That's going to be a big focal point for us and making sure we put pressure on him" said Miller.
But, as we know, Penn State has a star at their quarterback position as well. Senior, Trace McSorley is 57-of-106 on the 2018 season with a total of 763 passing yards, with 8 touchdowns and two interceptions. McSorley has shown his talents over the years, but this year, it's his offensive line that has really stepped up and improved.
"Our chemistry is awesome. We're all friends and hangout outside of football. I think that's what makes us connect" said PSU offensive lineman Ryan Bates.
"We're all on the same page. We all trust each other. Offensive line is about trust. That's the biggest thing about our offensive line is that we trust each other."
Penn State hosts Ohio State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night in a "Whiteout" at 7:30 p.m.