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Week 9 Predictions: Michigan State Spartans

As I wrote earlier, this is the final game in a 3-game test for the Nittany Lions. There is a reason why they are only 6.5 point favorites heading into Spartan Stadium–they don’t play well out there. Penn State hasn’t won  in East Lansing since 2009. Michigan State isn’t very good, but has had an off week to prepare and has another off week after this week, which means their focus for the past 2 weeks has been entirely on upsetting the Nittany Lions. Let’s dive into predictions.

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Brandon Musso (7-0) & (4-3) vs. The Spread

The last two years of this matchup have not played in Penn State’s favor. Michigan State has had their number, dishing them a loss in East Lansing in 2017 and another at Beaver Stadium in 2018. Penn State comes into this game still undefeated and this will provide a serious threat to that record.

The key to this game is Penn State starting fast and playing with extreme discipline. The Spartans are a well coached team that will jump on the opportunity to capitalize on the Nittany Lions’ mistakes.

If Penn State can clean up their mistakes with both on the field play and coaching, they can manage to come out on top in East Lansing Saturday.

I think Penn State starts early and ends up leaving with a close victory.

Penn State: 27 Michigan State: 20

Kraigen Rasalla (7-0) & (2-5) vs. The Spread

Michigan State has been a thorn in Penn State’s side the last two seasons, pulling off the upset in both 2017 and 2018. They have the opportunity to spoil Penn State’s perfect season, yet again, if they can pull off a third straight upset of the Nittany Lions.

Penn State will have to find more consistency in their offense, as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead, but went stagnant against Michigan. They also need much more out of the running backs, as they ran for just 88 yards as a group, with 44 coming on one play by Ricky Slade.

Yes, Michigan State has allowed on average 36 points against Ohio State and Wisconsin in their last two contests. But, coming off a bye at home, this is the perfect week for them to correct their problems from the first half of the season.

Penn State wins. But, it will be a very uncomfortable victory in East Lansing.

Penn State: 17 Michigan State: 10

Cory Lestochi (6-1) & (3-4) vs. The Spread

The whole week I was going to pick Michigan State to win. Penn State has played so poorly against the Spartans as of late and it doesn’t help that the Green & White has had two weeks to prepare.

That being said this is the worst Michigan State team Penn State’s played in the past 3 seasons and the Lions are bringing their best defense in a long time into town. Additionally, the Penn State offense has shown the ability to prevent turnovers even in hostile environments like Iowa.

Michigan State won’t be able to run the ball and I have to believe this defensive line is tired of not getting to MSU’s magician-like quarterback when he scampers around the field.

Michigan State’s season is teetering on the edge of collapse with players transferring midseason. Wouldn’t be shocked if Penn State loses a close one, but I am going to go bold and say this game is the straw that breaks the Spartans back emotionally. Penn State jumps on them early and unlike the Wolverines last week, Michigan State doesn’t pick themselves up nor do they have the playmakers to do so anyway.

Penn State: 35  Michigan State 6

Week 8 Predictions: Michigan Wolverines

It is finally here. The White Out in Happy Valley. If you want to learn more about the history and impact of the White Out, I encourage you to check out my podcast here. Penn State is about 7-point favorites going into this weeks game. Who do you have?

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Brandon Musso (6-0) & (3-3) vs. The Spread

Another week brings another massive game for Penn State. Coming off a road win over Iowa at Kinnick, the Nittany Lions return home for the annual White Out. Like last week, this game has big implications on the Nittany Lions season.

Michigan comes into Beaver Stadium with one loss and quite a few question marks on offense. Under new offensive coordinator, former Penn State wide receiver’s coach Josh Gattis, the Michigan offense has gotten off to a slow start.

There ability to straighten out their offensive problems will be a big key to this game. With the White Out atmosphere and Penn State’s recent strong defensive play, can Michigan effectively move the ball?

Penn State is coming off tight game that didn’t start off well for the offense. It’s is imperative that the offense gets off to a hot start to get the crowd involved.

In the end, I think Penn State is able to feed off the crowd and win a close one.

Michigan: 20 Penn State: 24

Kraigen Rasalla (6-0) & (2-4) vs. The Spread

Penn State got through one of their October tests by beating Iowa on the road last Saturday night. This Saturday night, the Nittany Lions are back home for the White Out game against Michigan. The Wolverines have struggled so far this season, but still stand at 5-1.
Just from watching Michigan play this season and seeing the signs of dominance Penn State has shown, it seems that Penn State should win. With their defense continuing to play well this year, in addition to Michigan’s struggles trying to learn Josh Gattis’ new offense, I think Beaver Stadium will be roaring whenever Penn State is on defense. The defense will lead Penn State to a Whiteout victory behind a multi-sack game from Yetur Gross-Matos.

Michigan 10 Penn State 24

Cory Lestochi (5-1) & (3-3) vs. The Spread

I know, I know, I know. I was wrong. Penn State established a running game in the fourth quarter in about a decade and it cost me my prediction. Regardless, I have never been so happy to be wrong.

People are underestimating this Michigan team. I think this game will be closer than you think, but I am not sure how the Wolverines plan on scoring points. Penn State pulls away late. I’ll take the Lions at home.

Michigan: 13 Penn State 28