State is a 13.5-point favorite vs visiting Michigan State

Penn State looks to rebound from first loss of the Year

Prior to its bye week, Penn State collided with then-No. 4 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium. Things were looking good for the Nittany Lions to improve to 5-0 on the season as they led the Buckeyes 26-14 with eight minutes remaining in the game. But two late strikes by Dwayne Haskins led to a narrow 27-26 Ohio State win in Week 5. Penn State currently has had just two weeks to stew over this loss and will seem to release that anger upon Michigan State at Week 7.
Penn State has a huge offense that has averaged 49.6 points per match, fifth-most in the nation. The Nittany Lions are led by older 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 as well. 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 per game which ranks 34th in the nation, and senior cornerback Amani Oruwariye has made passing difficult since 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 had been closed out and hauled to just 87 yards in the last quarter, while Michigan State completed 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 2 touchdowns in the win, while Trace McSorley threw a season-high 381 yards while tacking on three touchdowns of his own on the losing side.
Michigan State struggling this year Michigan State saw its two-game winning streak come to an end last week as it fell 29-19 into Northwestern, the Spartans’ second loss of the season. Michigan State seemed to be trending in the ideal direction before the reduction, setting up 66 combined points in its victories over Indiana and Central Michigan while racking up 695 total yards of offense. But turnovers were a glaring issue as junior quarterback Brian Lewerke threw two touchdowns but also threw three interceptions in these two games.
The Spartans average 27.2 points per game, which is 85th in the nation, and Lewerke has thrown for 1,328 yards with six TDs and six interceptions on the season. Defensively, however, Michigan State has been quite strong, allowing 23.4 points per game, which is 41st in the NCAA, and giving up only 33.8 rush yards per game, which is the best mark in the nation by a long shot. Junior defensive end Kenny Willekes has been a nightmare for offensive linemen, racking up four sacks and 16 solo tackles through the first five games. The Spartans will want to stop the Nittany Lions run game if they need a chance to win.

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