Spartans hoping to upset Penn State in season finale

Delia Watkins
November 26, 2016

Last week against Rutgers, Penn State managed just three field goals in the first half against the worst team in the Big Ten. He'll have to address it. The Badgers added to their resume by defeating number seven Nebraska and traveling to Kinnick to take on Iowa.Since finishing this tough stretch, the Badgers have won about every way possible. Penn State takes Thanksgiving weekend off before concluding this 10-game home stand against MI in the opening weekend of Big Ten play December 1-2.

Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio leads his team onto the field prior to the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium.

The Lions can advance to the Big Ten championship if they beat Michigan State and Ohio State beats Michigan.

"It's surreal", defensive end Evan Schwan said.

"I think you have to embrace it, at least a little bit", quarterback Trace McSorley said, "just to kind of use that to motivate guys or motivate yourself, trying to be able to understand the proportion of everything with it being senior day and things like that".

"And if that's the way we're remembered, as a class that in times of struggle kept that tradition alive, I would be very pleased with that". Among the years listed is 2012, but not because of game results - that team finished second in its conference and wasn't allowed to play in a bowl.

An offensive turnaround under first-year coordinator Joe Moorhead has reaped massive reward.

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The only certainty at this point is that Alabama and No. 4 Clemson clinch repeat spots by winning the SEC and ACC, respectively. USC climbed closer toward the top 10 in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions continue to roll along and roll over visiting opponents in the friendly confines of Pegula Arena. Teams like Washington, Colorado and Oklahoma will be pulling hard for Michigan State to pull off the upset in Happy Valley to avoid the possibility of two Big Ten teams making the playoff and taking a spot away from them. Barkley has surpassed 1,000 yards this season for the Nittany Lions, a mark he reached past year as a true freshman. Penn State 29, Michigan State 10. Both teams were and still are ranked in the top five.

Hicks took a handoff on an end-around, but Penn State strong safety Malik Golden sliced through to drop Hicks for a loss. Spartans defensive line coach Ron Burton said players will be evaluated athletically, academically and socially. "Especially when you come to a place like Penn State". "Coming here, staying here, the circumstances didn't matter". It is surreal to a point where if you sit down and think about it, it's incredible. Ohio State isn't a lock to make the conference championship game this year and have struggled at times.

Home grown: Six Spartans - S Demetrious Cox and Montae Nicholson, RB Delton Williams, QB Damion Terry, OL/DL Brandon Clemons and OL Casey Schreiner - hail from Pennsylvania and would love to beat the home-state team.

Teddy Feinberg and Frank Bodani talk about the playoff implications that are on the line for Penn State.

NOTES: Dantonio, noting his team is playing for the 11th week in a row, says the schedule doesnt leave time for much outside football.

Penn State's defensive front against Michigan State's running game.

DUELING TES: Penn State's Mike Gesicki and his Michigan State counterpart Josiah Price have been big factors for their teams. He's filling gaps with force and getting everyone lined up and adjusted in time for each snap. He's made 41 stops in the last three games. University officials worked to remedy the situation by opening gates earlier and inviting fans in with the promise that college football games being broadcast nationally would be available for them to view on the video boards. Penn State's defense and coaches need to be prepared for all of those insane variables. The two seniors have been forces to be reckoned with on the outside. They're 0-3 in Big Ten road games, have had 20 different starters and fielded nine freshmen.

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