Penn State is 8-2 overall (5-2 Big Ten) and is No. 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Nebraska is 4-6 (3-4).
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Penn State is a 26-point favorite against Nebraska, according to MyBookie. The over/under is 55.5 points.
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Nebraska leads Penn State 9-7 in the series all time. The Huskers have also won four in a row against the Nittany Lions, though the two haven’t played since the 2013 season. The Huskers defeated Penn State in 2003, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Penn State last beat Nebraska in 2002, when the Nittany Lions crushed the Huskers, 40-7, at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State is 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten going into the game. In the team’s most recent game, the Nittany Lions beat Rutgers, 35-6, after losing to Ohio State and Michigan State the last two weeks.
“That team has won three out of their last four games, has done some good things and I think we also know the Rutgers game is always, from a regional standpoint, there’s a lot of guys who know each other and we usually play very hard in that game,” Penn State coach James Franklin said after beating Rutgers. “I thought besides the opening kick, I thought we played pretty good; there’s some things that we have to get cleaned up. I think the odd front gave our guys a little bit of hesitation, you know; we didn’t play as fast and aggressive upfront as we need to, but I think we made progress and we were able to get a fairly convincing win against a program on the rise.
Nebraska is struggling at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten. The Huskers will have to win out to finish .500 and be bowl eligible. The Huskers have also lost two games in a row, falling 24-17 in overtime to Northwestern and 54-21 to Minnesota on the road. Coach Mike Riley’s future is also in doubt.
Penn State averages 37.7 points per game and is allowing 13.9 points per game.
Saquon Barkley is no longer the Heisman favorite, but he’s still a candidate for other national honors. Barkley has 166 carries for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He also is second on the team with 524 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. In the return game, Barkley has 423 kick return yards, scoring two touchdowns while averaging 30.2 yards per return.
QB Trace McSorley is 206-for-317 passing for 2,666 yards, 21 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He also has 349 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. McSorley’s top receivers are TE Mike Gesicki (42 catches, 419 yards, 5 touchdowns) and WR DaeSean Hamilton (39 catches, 646 yards, 7 touchdowns).
On defense, Jason Cabinda leads the Nittany Lions with 74 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Nebraska averages 25.1 points per game and gives up 32.5 points per game.
Tanner Lee is 198-for-346 passing for 2,539 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But Lee is in concussion protocol. Patrick O’Brien is 18-for-30 for 192 yards with 1 interception.
On the ground, Devine Ozigbo has 468 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Two Huskers receivers have at least 700 yards this season. JD Spielman, a redshirt freshman, has 49 catches for 734 yards and 2 touchdowns. Stanley Morgan has 47 receptions for 727 yards and 7 scores.
Defensively, Chris Weber is first on the team with 82 total tackles and 8 tackles for loss.
Huskers coach Mike Riley is in his third season. He’s 19-17 and is firmly on the hot seat. Nebraska AD Bill Moos said the evaluation of Riley will likely wrap up before the end of the season.