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Penn State-Ohio State: Five Key Battles

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Allen Robinson is Penn State's only big-play threat, and he may be stopped by just one defender on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by David Dermer/Getty Images.
Allen Robinson is Penn State's only big-play threat, and he may be stopped by just one defender on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by David Dermer/Getty Images.

Penn State is not eligible for a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions and isn't likely to finish ahead of Ohio State or Wisconsin in the Legends Division. But the Nittany Lions' season would be a success if Bill O'Brien's bunch can end the Buckeyes' win streak.

Here are some matchups that will determine the outcome of the game:

PSU Receiver Allen Robinson vs. Ohio State's Secondary

If Ohio State decides to try to shut down Penn State’s best receiver, cornerback Bradley Roby will get the call. However, Roby is susceptible to double moves downfield, often biting hard on a receiver's first cut.

Allen Robinson has combined athleticism, route running and awareness of defensive coverages to determine how to run his routes and what to do once he has the ball. Still, Robinson’s specialty comes on underneath routes that he can turn into big gains, and Roby excels in covering short routes.