Five storylines: Ohio State at Penn State 

October, 25, 2012
10/25/12
9:00
AM ET
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at the hot topics and pressing concerns as Ohio State prepares to hit the road for a trip to Penn State on Saturday (TV: ESPN, 5:30 p.m.).

On the line: There might not be a postseason appearance waiting for either team, but the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions have set themselves up for the biggest game in the regular season and enter the weekend as perhaps the two best teams in the Big Ten. Wisconsin has put itself back in the division picture, but with both Ohio State and Penn State unbeaten in the league right now, the winner will be in prime position for some hardware -- even if it can't represent the Leaders Division when the regular season ends.

Hold on tight: Neither team has much of an affinity for easing off the pedal, and the breakneck, uptempo offenses both teams will employ could lead to some fireworks. The Nittany Lions have completely rebuilt their passing game under coach Bill O'Brien, who was worked wonders with Matt McGloin at quarterback and watched him develop into the leading passer in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have taken a different approach, focusing on their running game and averaging nearly 250 yards on the ground. But rushing or passing, neither team will make it easy for a defense to catch a breather.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

New ESPN 300 Top 10 Revealed
National recruiting analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert count down the top 10 recruits in the latest ESPN 300 player rankings update. The complete ESPN 300 will be released April 16.Tags: Tim Settle, CeCe Jefferson, Torrance Gibson, Mitch Hyatt, Terry Beckner Jr., Byron Cowart, Josh Sweat, Kevin Toliver II, Martez Ivey, Trevon Thompson, ESPN 300, RecruitingNation, high school football recruiting, Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert
VIDEO PLAYLIST video