No. 11 Penn State Football closes out the 2022 regular season on Saturday afternoon at 4p.m. against Big Ten East rival Michigan State, aiming to complete a 10-win season and inch closer to a possible New Year’s Six Bowl bid.
The Nittany Lions are also looking to avenge a loss to Sparty in the 2021 regular season finale in East Lansing.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know for Saturday afternoon’s matchup between Penn State Football and Michigan State:
Penn State Football Injury Report:
Joey Porter Jr. CB Ques – Appendicitis
Smith Vilbert DE Ques – Undisclosed
Keyvone Lee RB Ques – Undisclosed
Parker Washington WR Out for Season
Landon Tengwall OL Out for Season
Jerry Cross TE Ques – Undisclosed
Zuriah Fisher DE Out Indefinitely – Knee
Michigan State Injury Report:
Jacoby Windmon LB Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Brandon Wright RB Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Angelo Grose CB Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Darius Snow S Out for Season
Terry Locket Jr. WR Out for Season – Left Team
Justin White CB Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Khary Crump DB Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Malcolm Jones CB Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Zion Young DE Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Penn State Football (-17) vs. Michigan State
Penn State enters Saturday’s matchup as a 17-point favorite. Penn State is 8-3 ATS, while Michigan State is 5-6 this season.
Penn State Football Moneyline: -900
Placing a $900 bet on Penn State Football to knock off Michigan State, straight up on the moneyline, would pay $100. Michigan State leads the all-time series 18-17-1. The battle for the Land Grant Trophy has been the most competitive series for Penn State in its history. Penn State leads the series 16-10 since 1993 when the Nittany Lions joined the conference. James Franklin is 3-5 against Michigan State since arriving in State College.
Penn State Football vs. Michigan State over/under: 52.5
The total has gone over in 8 out of 11 games this season for Penn State. The total has gone over in 5 of 11 for Michigan State.
Picks for the Week:
This game has always been a difficult matchup for Penn State Football in the past, and often has derailed their season.
In 2017 and 2018, this game followed Ohio State and resulted in back-to-back losses effectively ending each season. This year’s Spartan team has been inconsistent to say the least.
What started as an optimistic season for MSU, with an AP ranking, has finished with a 5-6 record heading into this week’s game.
Penn State Football is the far superior team and the spread shows that.
However, the weather forecast is showing another overcast and rainy day, which could sway to the Spartans’ advantage. The weakness of the Michigan State defense is their secondary so if passing is difficult for Clifford, this game could be closer than it should be.
The talent disparity and momentum for this game is completely on the Nittany Lions’ side, and they should win by three touchdowns. The under is also a play in this game.
Prediction: Penn State 35 Michigan State 13
Big Ten Pick of the Week:
Purdue (-10.5) @ Indiana 3:30pm/BTN
The Hoosiers are coming off an emotional win against Michigan State and return home for this heated in state rivalry game. However, the Boilermakers are the play here. Purdue is still in the race for the Big 10 west division title and can take the crown with a win and an Iowa loss. If the Hawkeyes lose to Nebraska on Friday, expect the Boilermakers to come out with a lot of energy and cover the spread.
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