3:35 pm
September 17

#22 Penn State @ Auburn

Who will WIN this matchup?

#22 Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0)

@ Auburn Tigers (2-0)


Current odds:

Penn State Nittany Lions: (-139)

Auburn Tigers: (+112)


• The spread for this game is Penn State by 2.5 points.

• It will be a role reversal Saturday afternoon when No. 22 Penn State heads south to face Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Tigers’ home in Auburn, Ala. This is the second game in a home-and-home series between the Tigers (2-0) and Nittany Lions (2-0). Last year, it was the Tigers who were ranked 22nd and the Nittany Lions playing at home — and Penn State emerged with a 28-20 victory. That loss has left Auburn eager for payback.

• The Nittany Lions are bracing for Auburn’s “Orange-out” as the crowd of more than 80,000 is being encouraged to wear orange.

• After a 42-16 win over Mercer, the Tigers struggled early in their win over San Jose State at home last week. Auburn trailed 10-7 at the half before pulling out a 24-16 decision.

• Auburn also likely presents the most difficult challenge Penn State has faced this season. The Nittany Lions opened the season with wins over Purdue and Ohio.

• While Penn State has done well against the pass led by defensive backs Keaton Ellis and Joey Porter Jr., it is bracing for Auburn’s power running game. Tank Bigsby has gained 198 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries through two games. Auburn’s 247.5 yards per game rushing ranks 14th nationally.

• Linebacker Curtis Jacobs — Penn State’s leading tackler with 11 — leads a group of linebackers that will no doubt be tested regularly. Penn State’s own running game has been led by freshman Nicholas Singleton, who has 210 rushing yards on just 20 carries.

StreakSmarter Pick
#22 Penn State Nittany Lions