The Michigan State Spartans will host the Penn State Nittany Lions, Saturday at 3:30 pm EST in a battle for the Land Grant Trophy. Penn State has won the last two games in this rivalry beating Michigan State 39-24 last year, and 28-7 in 2019.
Both of these teams started the season hot, with Big Ten title and possible playoff hopes on their minds.
The Spartans won their first eight games of the season and got up to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, but have since dropped two of their last three games, including a humiliating 56-7 loss as a 19-point road underdog to currently No. 2 ranked Ohio State last week. Penn State won its first five games of the season but has since lost four of its last six games.
The Nittany Lions are eighth in the Big Ten averaging 26 ppg, and 381.5 total yards per game. Penn State has the conference’s top-ranked scoring defense holding opponents to 15.5 ppg and is fifth allowing an average of 334.4 total yards. Michigan State is third in the Big Ten averaging 32.1 ppg, and fourth racking up 429.1 yards per game.
The Spartans offense is led by Kenneth Walker who is second in the nation with 1,498 rushing yards and tied for fourth with 17 rushing touchdowns. The Spartans are 11th in the Big Ten allowing 25.5 ppg, and dead-last allowing 463 total yards per game, with 339.9 per game coming through the air.
— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) November 27, 2021
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| Title: NCAAF Preview Penn State-Michigan State
| Author: David Marotta
| Date: Nov 27, 2021