State is a 13.5-point favorite vs visiting Michigan State

State is a 13.5-point favorite vs visiting Michigan State

Penn State looks to rebound from first loss of the Year

Before its bye week, Penn State collided with then-No. 4 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium. Things were looking great for the Nittany Lions to improve to 5-0 on the season since they led the Buckeyes 26-14 with eight minutes remaining in the match. However, two late strikes by Dwayne Haskins resulted in a narrow 27-26 Ohio State win in Week 5. Penn State now has had just two weeks to stew over this loss and will seem to release this anger upon Michigan State in Week 7.
Penn State has a tremendous crime that has averaged 49.6 points per match, fifth-most in the nation. The Nittany Lions are led by senior dual-threat quarterback Trace McSorley, who’s thrown for 1,049 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 410 yards and six TDs too. Furthermore, they have junior running Miles Sanders, who ranks 26th in the NCAA with 538 rushing yards and has scored six touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State has allowed 21 points a game which ranks 34th in the country, and senior cornerback Amani Oruwariye has made passing difficult as he has two interceptions.
Last year, Michigan State hosted Penn State and pulled off the upset since it was ranked No. 24 while the Nittany Lions were ranked No. 7. Penn State carried a 24-21 lead into the fourth quarter but was shut out and held to just 87 yards in the final quarter, while Michigan State finished two field goals to secure the 27-24 win. The Spartans restricted the Nittany Lions to just 65 rushing yards in the game, including shutting down Saquon Barkley for only 63 yards. Then-sophomore Brian Lewerke pitched 400 yards and two touchdowns in the win, while Trace McSorley threw a season-high 381 yards while tacking on three touchdowns of his own on the side.
Michigan State struggling offensively this season Michigan State saw its two-game winning streak come to a conclusion last week as it fell 29-19 to Northwestern, the Spartans’ second loss of the season. Michigan State appeared to be trending in the right direction prior to the reduction, setting up 66 joint points in its victories over Indiana and Central Michigan while racking up 695 total yards of offense. But turnovers were still a glaring issue as junior quarterback Brian Lewerke threw two touchdowns but also threw three interceptions in those 2 games.
The Spartans average 27.2 points per game, which is 85th in the country, and Lewerke has thrown for 1,328 yards with six TDs and six interceptions on the season. Defensively, though, Michigan State has been very strong, permitting 23.4 points per game, which is 41st at the NCAA, and giving up only 33.8 rush yards per game, which is the best mark in the country by a very long shot. Junior defensive end Kenny Willekes was a nightmare for offensive linemen, racking up four sacks and 16 solo tackles through the first five matches. The Spartans will need to prevent the Nittany Lions run game if they want a chance to win.

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