Jody Victor®: No. 9 Ohio State vs. Penn State

Jody Victor: This Saturday's football game between #9 Ohio State (8-1, 4-1) and Penn State (6-3, 2-2) will kickoff at 3:30 pm at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. ABC (ESPN mirror) will televise. In the meantime here's some facts and stats from

* QB Terrelle Pryor ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in pass efficiency (165.2)

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA in total defense (234.2 ypg) while also leading the league and ranking seventh overall in scoring (42.0 ppg)

* The Buckeyes rank among the NCAA Top 7 in eight statistical categories overall

* The Buckeyes are averaging an FBS-best 5.88 three-and-outs per game this season

* A total of seven different Buckeyes scored touchdowns in the win at Minnesota

* Junior DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 23 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten

* Junior Daniel “Boom” Herron has scored at least one touchdown in eight consecutive games

Saturday will be the 15th game in NCAA history between two FBS coaches with at least 200 career wins. It will be the fourth such meeting between Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Penn State's Joe Paterno.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a 35-21 win against Northwestern last Saturday, giving head coach Joe Paterno his 400th career victory to become the only coach to win 400 games at the FBS level. Penn State trailed 21-0 in the first half before exploding for 35 unanswered points to improve to 6-3 and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Two of its three losses have come to ranked teams (Alabama and Iowa) and the third against Illinois.

The Buckeyes' series with Penn State shows Ohio State with a narrow 13-12 advantage. The series is tied 5-5 in all games played in Happy Valley. Ohio State has an 8-6 advantage in all games played in Columbus and an 11-6 advantage in games since Penn State began Big Ten football participation in 1993.

Since joining the Big Ten in 1913, Ohio State is 460-191-28 all-time in Big Ten games. The Buckeyes' all-time conference win percentage of 69.8% is the best of any Big Ten school.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor