Michigan State vs Penn State ::: One of the biggest Big Ten games of the year will happen this week when the Michigan State Spartans take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in the battle for the “Land Grant Trophy”. Both are 1-1 in conference play and coming off losses. This is the third conference game for the Spartans and third for the Nittany Lions.
Michigan State started out ranked No. 11 in the preseason AP Top 25, but has dropped out of the rankings entirely. The Spartans are 3-2 and coming off a 10-point upset loss to Northwestern. Michigan State fell behind early and could not recover.
How to bet and watch Michigan State-Penn State
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13
Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: University Park, PA
Stadium: Beaver Stadium
Spread: Penn State -13.5
TV info: Big Ten Network
Live Stream: BTN2Go, FuboTV
Defensively, the Spartans have hit a rough patch, surrendering an average of 305.2 passing yards per game. The ground game has also been almost non-existent. Connor Heyward leads the team in rushing with only 147 yards and just three touchdowns so far this season. Quarterback Brian Lewerke has passed for over 1,000 yards already this year, but facing a Penn State defense that is only allowing 192.6 passing yards per game is a challenge.
Penn State rolled through their non-conference schedule and dominated Illinois in their first Big Ten game. Against Ohio State, their luck ran out. Leading by five with just over two minutes to play, Dwayne Haskins hit K.J. Hill for the go-ahead touchdown and the Buckeyes held on.
With the team coming off a bye week, James Franklin looks to get his Nittany Lions back on track. Quarterback Trace McSorley is one of the country’s best. The senior has thrown for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns to only two interceptions. Facing a defense that gives up 300 plus yards per game bodes well for Saturday.
This game will be on the Big Ten Network and fans can also stream this one on the Big Ten Network To Go app. As an alternative, fans can also stream this game on Fubo TV with a paid subscription.
Players to watch
Michigan State: DE Jacub Panasiuk is coming off his best game where he posted two tackles, two QB hurries and half a sack. He has the athleticism to play anywhere along the defensive front.
Penn State: RB Miles Sanders. There might not be many big holes to run through as the Spartans are allowing just 33.8 rushing yards per game. But Sanders is a patient runner who’ll need to find some daylight to keep his offense from becoming one dimensional.