Michigan State vs Penn State Prediction Game Preview

Michigan State vs Penn State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Saturday, November 26

Michigan State vs Penn State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday, November 26


Michigan State vs Penn State Prediction Game Preview

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Michigan State vs Penn State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 26
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
How To Watch: FS1
Record: Michigan State (5-6), Penn State (9-2)
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Why Michigan State Will Win

The Michigan State passing game should be able to make this a bit of a battle.

It won’t crank up 400 yards or anything, but it’s going push the ball down the field a bit, it’ll keep the chains moving, and it should be able to go for well over 250 yards. Penn State was able to hold up against the Maryland passing game, but it hasn’t dealt with a slew of efficient attacks.

This is Michigan State’s shot at going to a bowl game. It’s going to turn it all loose.

The pass rush is there on the defensive side, the offensive front should be able to keep Penn State out of the backfield, and …

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Why Penn State Will Win

Here comes the Penn State running game.

It has a possible New Year’s Six bowl game on the line – the only losses were to Michigan and Ohio State – and it’s about to showcase the rotation of running backs against a Michigan State defensive front that got hammered by Indiana for 257 rushing yards and four scores.

It was the third dime in the last four games and the fourth time in the last six that Michigan State gave up over 220 rushing yards. Penn State isn’t going to get too crazy here, and it’s not going to press with the passing attack.

Keep things simple, wait for the offensive line to take over, dominate the time of possession battle against a team that keeps the ball for just over 26 minutes a game, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s still amazing how Michigan State gave away the Indiana game. It’ll come out hot and might even lead after the first quarter.

And then the Michigan State run defense will give it all away.

The Spartans are 0-4 when allowing 225 yards or more, and Penn State should be able to get there for the fourth time this season.

The Nittany Lions are 8-0 when it runs for more than 111 yards. Washington – who threw for almost 400 yards in the win – and Akron are the only two teams that didn’t come up with at least 140 on the MSU D.

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Michigan State vs Penn State Prediction, Line

Penn State 35, Michigan State 17
Line: Penn State -18.5, o/u: 52.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Michigan State vs Penn State Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 13

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 13 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 13

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Results So Far
Straight Up 79-19, ATS 63-33, o/u 53-42

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Friday, November 25

Nebraska at Iowa

4:00 BTN
Line: Iowa -10.5, o/u: 38.5

Saturday, November 26

Michigan at Ohio State

12:00 FOX
Line: Ohio State -7.5, o/u: 57.5

Rutgers at Maryland

12:00 BTN
Line: Maryland -14.5, o/u: 48.5

Illinois at Northwestern

3:30 BTN
Line: Illinois -14.5, o/u: 37.5

Minnesota at Wisconsin

3:30 ESPN
Line: Wisconsin -3.5, o/u: 35.5

Purdue at Indiana

3:30 BTN
Line:Purdue -10.5, o/u: 54.5

Michigan State at Penn State

4:00 FS1
Line: Penn State -18.5, o/u: 52.5

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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 12

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


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Results So Far
Straight Up 74-17, ATS 59-30, o/u 47-41 

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Saturday, November 5

Illinois at Michigan

12:00 ABC
Line: Michigan -17.5, o/u: 42.5

Wisconsin at Nebraska

12:00 ESPN
Line: Wisconsin -13.5, o/u: 39.5

Northwestern at Purdue

12:00 BTN
Line: Purdue -19.5, o/u: 47.5

Indiana at Michigan State

12:00 BTN
Line: Michigan State -10.5, o/u: 47.5

Ohio State at Maryland

3:30 ABC
Line: Ohio State -27.5, o/u: 64.5

Penn State at Rutgers

3:30 BTN
Line: Penn State -19.5, o/u: 44.5

Iowa at Minnesota

4:00 BTN
Line: Minnesota -2.5, o/u: 32.5 

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Penn State vs Rutgers Prediction Game Preview

Penn State vs Rutgers game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 12 game on Saturday, November 19

Penn State vs Rutgers prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 12, Saturday, November 19


Penn State vs Rutgers Prediction, Game Preview

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Penn State vs Rutgers How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 19
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Penn State (8-2), Rutgers (4-6)
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Why Penn State Will Win

The Nittany Lions are flying under the national radar as the third-best team in the Big Ten, but they’re rolling and dominating against everyone outside of Michigan and Ohio State.

Minnesota has a dangerous ground game – it didn’t matter in a 45-17 Penn State win. Indiana and Maryland can throw a little bit – Penn State made both games a scrimmage.

They’re able to use all their superstar young skill talent, the defense is getting a strong second half of the season, Rutgers doesn’t have enough on either side of the ball to handle any of it.

The way to make this interesting is to come up with a slew of takeaways, but Rutgers isn’t doing that. It generated ten turnovers in the first six games and just two in the last four.

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Why Rutgers Will Win

Just how fired up will Penn State be?

Is the idea of a New Year’s Six bowl enough to get up for this? The Michigan State game to close things out at home will be the bigger one, and this is supposed to be just a speed bump.

The Rutgers defense is just good enough to keep this from getting out of hand.

It’s been okay against the run and the pass D is decent considering there’s no pass rush. For all of the struggles on offense, it was able to make things look close with a stunning balance against Michigan State in the 27-21 loss last week.

As long as the passing game can click at a 55% clip or better, it’ll keep this close for a while. However …

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What’s Going To Happen

The Penn State secondary hasn’t allowed more than 175 yards in four of the last five games, and it’s not going to get lit up by the Scarlet Knight attack.

It’ll be yet another double-digit win with a good all-around performance to potentially push the team into the College Football Playoff top ten when all is said and done, and again, it’ll be the next step to a sweet bowl game.

Rutgers hasn’t scored more than ten points in any of the last eight meetings against the Nittany Lions, and it’s not going to crank it up here.

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Penn State vs Rutgers Prediction, Line

Penn State 38, Rutgers 10
Line: Penn State -19.5, o/u: 44.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Penn State vs Rutgers Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

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Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 12 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 12

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Results So Far
Straight Up 74-17, ATS 59-30, o/u 47-41 

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Saturday, November 5

Illinois at Michigan

12:00 ABC
Line: Michigan -17.5, o/u: 42.5

Wisconsin at Nebraska

12:00 ESPN
Line: Wisconsin -13.5, o/u: 39.5

Northwestern at Purdue

12:00 BTN
Line: Purdue -19.5, o/u: 47.5

Indiana at Michigan State

12:00 BTN
Line: Michigan State -10.5, o/u: 47.5

Ohio State at Maryland

3:30 ABC
Line: Ohio State -27.5, o/u: 64.5

Penn State at Rutgers

3:30 BTN
Line: Penn State -19.5, o/u: 44.5

Iowa at Minnesota

4:00 BTN
Line: Minnesota -2.5, o/u: 32.5 

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Maryland vs Penn State Prediction Game Preview

Maryland vs Penn State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Maryland vs Penn State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Maryland vs Penn State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Maryland (6-3), Penn State (7-2)
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Maryland vs Penn State Game Preview

Why Maryland Will Win

The weather isn’t supposed to be too bad.

Wisconsin played well and deserves the credit for the 23-10 win, but the horrible conditions in Madison last Saturday crushed Maryland’s ability to get the passing game going.

It’ll be a little windy, but nothing like the Terps dealt with against the Badgers.

Penn State’s pass defense has been solid, but it only played two teams that can throw well – Ohio State and Purdue each went over 350 yards. Maryland might not take a ton of deep shots, but Taulia Tagovailoa can spread the O around.

The Terp defense might not be anything amazing, but it can take the ball away with two or more in three games before dealing with Wisconsin.

Penn State is happy to give it up at least twice, but …

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Why Penn State Will Win

Sean Clifford continues to be better than everyone thinks.

Fans can’t wait for all the young offensive skill talent to take over, but Clifford has been solid over the last few games throwing for close to 900 yards with seven touchdowns.

He’ll get time, and he should be able to spread it around at go off against a pass D that struggled against Indiana and Purdue and statistically looks better than it really is.

Northwestern and Wisconsin were able to run easily on the Maryland front, and Penn State will do that, too. There will be enough for everyone on the Nittany Lion offense to do.

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What’s Going To Happen

The Maryland offense will come up with a few good scoring drives to keep this interesting.

Clifford will have a good game, but he’ll throw at least one pick, there will be a few problems early on, and then it’ll all come together.

The Nittany Lion offense will take over in the second half in a wave of points to put this away.

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Maryland vs Penn State Prediction, Line

Penn State 34, Maryland 23
Line: Penn State -10.5, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Maryland vs Penn State Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 11

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Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 11 of the season.


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Results So Far
Straight Up 68-16, ATS 55-27, o/u 44-37 

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Saturday, November 12

Indiana at Ohio State

12:00 FOX
Line: Ohio State -40.5, o/u: 57.5

Purdue at Illinois

12:00 ESPN2
Line: Illinois -6.5, o/u: 44.5

Rutgers at Michigan State

12:00 BTN
Line: Michigan State -10.5, o/u: 40.5

Nebraska at Michigan

3:30 ABC
Prediction: Michigan 40, Nebraska 13
Line: Nebraska -29.5, o/u: 49.5

Maryland at Penn State

3:30 FOX
Line: Penn State -10.5, o/u: 59.5

Wisconsin at Iowa

3:30 FS1
Line: Wisconsin -1.5, o/u: 35.5

Northwestern at Minnesota

3:30 BTN
Line: Minnesota -17.5, o/u: 40.5

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Big Ten Predictions Schedule Game Previews Lines TV Week 10

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 10 of the season.

Big Ten college football predictions, schedule, game previews, lines and TV listings for Week 10 of the season.


Big Ten Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 10

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Results So Far
Straight Up 66-13, ATS 51-26, o/u 41-35

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Saturday, November 5

Ohio State at Northwestern

12:00 ABC
Line: Ohio State -37.5, o/u: 60.5
Final Score: COMING

Minnesota at Nebraska

12:00 ESPN2
Line: Minnesota -15.5, o/u: 46.5
Final Score: COMING

Iowa at Purdue

12:00 FS1
Line: Purdue -4.5, o/u: 40.5
Final Score: COMING

Maryland at Wisconsin

12:00 BTN
Line: Wisconsin -4.5, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

Michigan State at Illinois

3:30 BTN
Line: Illinois -17.5, o/u: 41.5
Final Score: COMING

Penn State at Indiana

3:30 ABC
Line: Penn State -14, o/u: 50.5
Final Score: COMING

Michigan at Rutgers

7:30 BTN
Line: Michigan -25.5, o/u: 45.5
Final Score: COMING

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Penn State vs Indiana Prediction Game Preview

Penn State vs Indiana game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 10 game on Saturday, November 5

Penn State vs Indiana prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 10, Saturday, November 5


Penn State vs Indiana How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 5
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Penn State (6-2), Indiana (3-5)
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Penn State vs Indiana Game Preview

Why Penn State Will Win

How fast can Penn State refocus?

Yes, it lost to Michigan, and yes, it gave Ohio State a run before succumbing late in the 44-31 loss, but a New Year’s Six bowl game is still on the table by winning out against Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State, and by starting against the Hoosiers.

There’s not going to be anything on the ground by an Indiana offense that needs to throw well to have a shot. Penn State will allow over 200 passing yards, but it’ll do a ton of bending without a lot of breaking.

Michigan’s JJ McCarthy and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud both hit over 70% of their passes. Indiana came close against Maryland, but it has yet to get to that mark. It’s going to throw, but it won’t be sharp enough.

However …

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Why Indiana Will Win

Just how fired up will Penn State be?

Again, there are plenty of big things on the table, but beating Ohio State was going to be the big moment for the season, it was there for the taking, and it didn’t happen.

Indiana has to get firing. The passing attack has to move fast, keep the Nittany Lions on their heels, and get off to a hot start.

Penn State’s offense isn’t great on third downs, the D doesn’t take the ball away enough lately, and the O can’t make mistakes – it turned it over four times against Ohio State.

But …

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What’s Going To Happen

Indiana’s offense will never be on the field.

Penn State isn’t big on ball control, but it’ll look like Illinois at times with a good balance and enough grinding offensive production to take control as the game goes on.

Indiana is dead last in the nation in time of possession, and it’ll show.

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Penn State vs Indiana Prediction, Line

Penn State 38, Indiana 17
Line: Penn State -14, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Penn State vs Indiana Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5
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Ohio State vs Penn State Prediction, Game Preview

Ohio State vs Penn State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 9 game on Saturday, October 29

Ohio State vs Penn State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 9, Saturday, October 29


Ohio State vs Penn State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 29
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Ohio State (7-0), Penn State (6-1)
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Ohio State vs Penn State Game Preview

Why Ohio State Will Win

How do you know when your team is really, really good? You don’t play your best game and you still win easily.

Ohio State’s offense struggled against Iowa – that’s no big deal. Those guys on the other side are on scholarship, too – the Hawkeye defense is among the best in the country.

The Buckeye running game was stuffed, CJ Stroud didn’t throw for 300 yards, and it was still a 54-10 win.

Coming up with six takeaways certainly helped the cause.

Granted, Iowa’s offense is miserable. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Notre Dame – all of the big games for the Buckeyes were against teams with mediocre attacks.

Whatever – if you’re second in the nation in total defense at this point in the season, you’re doing something right. Ohio State is doing just about everything right.

Penn State might have blown out Minnesota, but the Gophers were without QB Tanner Morgan, the Michigan loss got out of hand, and …

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Why Penn State Will Win

Minnesota was a more dangerous team than the 45-17 loss to the Nittany Lions might have seemed.

No, the Gophers didn’t have their veteran starting quarterback, but Penn State didn’t let the great ground game get going, the passing attack clicked, and with some respect given to the win over Auburn, it was the team’s best performance of the year at just the right time.

The secondary has the talent to hang with Ohio State’s NFL receiving corps, the backfield has the combination of speed at running back and experience with quarterback Sean Clifford to handle the moment, and …

It’s going to take something special.

+7 on the year in turnover margin, the Nittany Lions have to force mistakes, they have to win the special teams battle, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

There isn’t enough of a consistent Penn State pass rush to bother Stroud.

Michigan was able to beat the Nittany Lions by grinding it out, and eventually the dam broke with 25 unanswered Wolverine points in the second half. That will be a little bit like this.

The energy of the crowd and the excitement of the moment will be enough to carry Penn State in the first half, and then bang, bang, bang – Stroud and the Buckeyes will strike quickly and take over.

The final score will look worse than the actual game will be.

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Ohio State vs Penn State Prediction, Line

Ohio State 40, Penn State 23
Line: Ohio State -15.5, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Ohio State vs Penn State Must See Rating (out of 5): 4
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