Nittany Lions wary of Michigan State’s tough run defense

Parallels aplenty as Penn State plays Michigan State at critical juncture again

Trips to Bloomington have never been easy for Penn State, but our staff is confident that James Franklin's team can get off the schneid.

No. 3 Ohio State and No. 12 MI are unbeaten in conference play while the Nittany Lions and Spartans are coming off losses.

The Badgers are coming off a 38-13 loss at MI to drop to 4-2 on the season. Ohio State is running away with the league, Wisconsin is still in the drivers seat of the West division and MI is looking like a 10-win team too. The Nittany Lions still have plenty of work to do to get there.

Another way to watch the Michigan State vs Penn State game live stream without cable is with Hulu with Live TV where BTN Network, SEC Network and other popular channel feeds are found, with some exceptions depending on exactly where you live. But he handed off on a fourth-down play the Buckeyes easily stuffed to hand the Nittany Lions a 1-point loss.

"What happens is, in any organization, with any CEO, with any team, there are typically three steps forward and one step back and that step back is painful and you've got to learn from it", Franklin said. Two interceptions and a 35 percent completion percentage is setting your team up for failure.

Regarding Penn State's strengths, their defense is a strong wall up against MI with linebackers junior Cam Brown's speed and junior Jan Johnson in the middle. Defensively, I expect the weekly improvement to continue, with Sean Spencer's Wild Dogs having a dominant day in Bloomington.

The Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) were without sophomore defensive end Isaiah Loudermilk and senior safety D'Cota Dixon.

This year's game has an extra layer of salt to it because both teams are coming off of brutal losses.

Taylor recorded his second interception in as many games and finished tied for the team lead with six total tackles.

Sure, the injury bug has bitten hard, but the team seems gassed during every fourth quarter because of a lack of depth resulting from the health issues.

"But when you go through back-to-back losses, tough situations at home and we're in the Big Ten schedule and we've got a lot more Big Ten games to play, we've got to come together".

UW's coming off arguably its worst offensive performance of the season in a 38-13 loss at MI, where its passing game produced only 100 yards and quarterback Alex Hornibrook completed just 7 of 20 passes.

But, there are so many intriguing storylines happening and a few of them that I think are worth expounding on. We're not winning those close games. The offense struggled in a blowout loss to MI. But here's the catch - it was even worse than that. Still, the offense hasn't really clicked as the receivers have struggled to get open and Rahne's play-calling has been weirdly conservative.

Odds: Penn State is a 14 point favorite. "That's on me. That's all I can say about that", McSorley said. Ricky Rahne must diversify if the Nittany Lions are going to have a fighting chance to win out over the rest of the season, and this weekend should be a good change for him to test out any decent plays he's been hiding up his sleeve against a less than impressive defense.

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