Ohio State at Penn State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: No. 4 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at No. 9 Penn State (4-0, 1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.

TV/Radio: ABC/1410

Series history: Ohio State leads 18-14, including a 7-6 mark on the road.

Series has featured big contributions from Miami Valley natives

Last game: No. 6 Ohio State rallied for a 39-38 victory over No. 2 Penn State at Ohio Stadium last season. The Buckeyes overcame a 35-20 deficit in the fourth quarter thanks to J.T. Barrett's three touchdown passes in the final quarter.

Coaches: Ohio State's Urban Meyer is 74-8 in six seasons as the coach of the Buckeyes and 178-31 overall in 17 seasons. James Franklin is 40-17 in five seasons at Penn State and 64-32 overall.

Ohio State notes: Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is the reigning co-player of the week in the Big Ten on the offensive side of the ball after throwing for 304 yards and five touchdowns in a half against Tulane last week. Haskins leads the Big Ten in passing yards (1,194), total offense (1,222) and touchdown passes (16). He is also No. 1 in the league in passer efficiency among players who have thrown more than five passes… Ohio State leads the nation in completion percentage (76.9) and tops the Big Ten in passing offense (365.8 yards per game), total offense (599.0), sacks (3.75 per game) and turnover margin (plus-5)… Parris Campbell leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in FBS with five receiving touchdowns this season… Ohio State has only two players from Pennsylvania on the roster — defensive back Malik Hooker (New Castle) and walk-on punter Jake Metzer (Doylestown/Central Bucks West).

Penn State notes: The Nittany Lions lead the nation in scoring (55.5 points per game)… Running back Miles Sanders is the other reigning co-player of the week on offense in the Big Ten after running for 200 yards at Illinois. He is second in the conference in rushing at 123.8 yards per game… Penn State leads the country in red zone offense, having scored on all 22 of its trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line. That includes 21 touchdowns… Penn State leads the Big Ten in kickoff returns (29.9 yards) and is second in punt returns (18.8)… Penn State has six players from Ohio — quarterback Sean Clifford (Cincinnati St. Xavier), offensive linemen Alex Gellerstedt (Dublin Coffman), Mike Miranda (Stow-Munroe Falls) and Juice Scruggs (Ashtabula/Catherdral Prep), defensive tackle Antonio Shelton (Westerville North) and snapper Chris Still (Columbus DeSales).

Quoted: Franklin on what he expects Saturday night: "I think the biggest thing is making sure our players understand this is going to be four quarters, a 12-round heavyweight fight with a bunch of good, talented players on the field, two teams with sound schemes and there's going to be a ton of plays made and we've just got to keep battling, keep swinging and stay focused on the goal at hand."

Next game: Ohio State will return home to play Indiana at 4 p.m. next Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Penn State plays host to Michigan State at 3:30 or 4 p.m. on Oct. 13.

Prediction: Ohio State 34, Penn State 24

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