Staff Predictions: No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 24 Michigan State
Last weekend was a tough pill to swallow, but the Nittany Lions are poised to rebound on Saturday against No. 24 Michigan State and claim the famous and ever-elegant Land-Grant Trophy.
Even after last week’s demoralizing late-game loss, our staff is confident in a resounding Penn State rebound weekend that hopefully ends with a Nittany Lions victory in East Lansing.
Anthony Colucci (7-1) Penn State 31, Michigan State 7
The Nittany Lions need one more statement win against a ranked team to woo the Playoff committee. That being said, Saturday is Penn State’s last chance at a big win before it rounds out its schedule against the lowlifes of the Big Ten.
After being embarrassed last week against Ohio State by letting a multi-possession game slip away in the final minutes, Penn State (and Saquon Barkley who went MIA after the first quarter) will come out with an edge that we have yet to seen from the team since this is the first true adversity it’s facing since last September. Plus, Trace McSorley and Jason Cabinda called a players-only meeting and something tells me we are going to see a much better-focused group on the verge of going on a tear.
Elissa Hill (7-1): Penn State 28, Michigan State 14
I’ll be the first to admit — last week hurt a little for Penn State fans everywhere. Call me a homer all you want, but I still believe in this Nittany Lions team and its ability to go far — including the College Football Playoffs. Penn State needs to make a statement this weekend in East Lansing, and I think it’s poised to do just that, especially in weather that should resemble our favorite State College climate (read: kinda cold, kinda wet, maybe a little bit miserable, but we could hardly care). Who wouldn’t be motivated by the stunning Land Grant trophy?
Oh, and I blame Mikey for last week’s loss.
Mikey Mandarino (7-1) Penn State 38, Michigan State 31
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