WWN PENN STATE PREGAME #12

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#22 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State

LAST WEEK

Penn State somehow shutout Temple, 31-0 in Philadelphia.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: MICHIGAN STATE

You throw the records out when the Land Grant Trophy is on the line. Michigan State is 6-5 and looking for another win to guarantee a bowl berth. With new coach Marc Dantonio at the helm, they’ve been competitive in every game they have played, but couldn’t get over the hump. They have a better offense than defense too.

It doesn’t seem like it, but Penn State has owned Michigan State since joining the Big11Ten. The Nittany Lions have a 11-3 record with all of those loses coming at Spartan Stadium. On two occasions, 1997 and 2003, the losses were blowouts.

RANKING

#22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll; first team in “Also receiving votes” for AP.

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

Here is the official Intercollegiate Athletics transcript of Tuesday’s Joe Paterno press conference.

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS GAME NOTES

In PDF form.

TELEVISION

The game is on ABC in Big11Ten country (except Iowa), New York/New Jersey and a few parts of New England. In other parts of the nation, the game is on ESPN.

PREDICTIONS

This is hard, because you never know what Michigan State team is going to show up. You do know what Penn State team will show up on the road though — lethargic with very conservative play-calling. Of course, it may not be as bad since it isn’t a noon start. Then again, Michigan State is playing to clinch a bowl game since six wins may not be enough in the Big11Ten this season. Of course, when Penn State was really bad in the early 2000s, they eliminated the Spartans a few times. In other words — I’m hedging. So, who will win? Well, I’m afraid I’ll have to go with the home team, let’s say a 23-14 loss for Penn State. 🙁

GO STATE, BEAT SPARTANS!

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