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Penn State-Ohio State: Five Key Battles

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Ryan Shazier tackles everything from sideline to sideline, making him one of the best linebackers in the country. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.
Ryan Shazier tackles everything from sideline to sideline, making him one of the best linebackers in the country. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.

While Penn State has been sharing the load between Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch, no one player has taken his game from good to great this season. Lynch does have as many 100-yard rushing games (2) as the other two combined.

Problem is, Shazier leads a run defense allowing just 3.0 yards per carry this season, meaning Penn State’s chances likely rest on Hackenberg’s shoulders.