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Michigan State @ No. 11 Penn State

Current Records: Michigan State 5-6; Penn State 9-2

What to Know

A Big Ten battle is on tap between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan State Spartans at 4 p.m. ET Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Last year, Penn State and MSU were perfect equals, playing to nothing to nothing and nothing to nothing draws.

You're bound to get a positive result if you outscore your opponent every quarter, and that's exactly how it played out for the Nittany Lions last week. They steamrolled past the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 55-10 on the road. The matchup was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Penn State had established a 48-10 advantage. Their RB Kaytron Allen did his thing and rushed for one TD and 117 yards on 11 carries. Allen's longest run was for 59 yards in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, MSU fought the good fight in their overtime contest against the Indiana Hoosiers last week but wound up with a less-than-desirable result, falling 39-31. MSU was up 24-7 at the end of the half but couldn't hold on to the lead. RB Elijah Collins put forth a good effort for the losing side as he rushed for two TDs and 107 yards on 19 carries. That nimble footwork stands out as the first time Collins has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season. Collins' sharp performance also set his single-game rushing touchdown high for the season.

The Nittany Lions are the favorite in this one, with an expected 19-point margin of victory. They have been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (5-2), so they might be worth a quick bet.

Penn State's win brought them up to 9-2 while the Spartans' loss pulled them down to 5-6. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Penn State comes into the game boasting the seventh fewest passing touchdowns allowed in the nation at nine. But MSU enters the contest with 22 passing touchdowns, good for 38th best in the nation. We'll see which of these strengths -- offense or defense -- will win out.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 4 p.m. ET
  • Where: Beaver Stadium -- University Park, Pennsylvania
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $5.00


The Nittany Lions are a big 19-point favorite against the Spartans, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Nittany Lions as an 18-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Michigan State have won three out of their last seven games against Penn State.

  • Nov 27, 2021 - Penn State 0 vs. Michigan State 0
  • Dec 12, 2020 - Michigan State 0 vs. Penn State 0
  • Oct 26, 2019 - Penn State 28 vs. Michigan State 7
  • Oct 13, 2018 - Michigan State 21 vs. Penn State 17
  • Nov 04, 2017 - Michigan State 27 vs. Penn State 24
  • Nov 26, 2016 - Penn State 45 vs. Michigan State 12
  • Nov 28, 2015 - Michigan State 55 vs. Penn State 16