Michigan State 27, Penn State 24: What It Means For The College Football Playoff
Michigan State came up with a massive win over Penn State to stay in the Big Ten title chase. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Michigan State 27, Penn State 24
Prediction: Penn State 34, Michigan State 14
Line: Penn State -9.5, o/u: 41
Is there a better bad weather head coach than Mark Dantonio?
As soon as the rain started to hit against Michigan, game over. As soon as there was a lightning delay, Michigan State had it.
Penn State got out to a hot start going up 14-7 in the first quarter, but slow and steady won the race – sort of.
No, this wasn’t a muck and mud game for the Spartans, but they found a way to get through the adverse conditions, the defense rose up with the stops they needed to have late, and the offense played with confidence to tie it in the fourth, and then win it.
Michigan State’s running game and D won it, right? No and yes. L.J. Scott had fumbling issues and finished with 43 yards and a score. It was Brian Lewerke who came through, coming up with 33-of-56 passes for 400 yards and two scores. Now, MSU has a downfield passing game that’s been missing for a while. Now, it’s dangerous enough to still be in the Big Ten title chase.
Now, the showdown at Ohio State might just be for the Big Ten East. The MSU win was a huge break for Ohio State – the Buckeyes have their buffer for the Big Ten East. It was also a huge moment for Michigan, who’s back in this thing all of a sudden.
Now, Saquon Barkley is out of the Heisman race. 14 carries, 63 yards. Three catches, 33 yards. It’s yet another mediocre running day for the superstar talent, and it’s yet another Penn State loss. He might be the No. 1 overall draft pick, and he might be in New York as a Heisman finalist, but unless something crazy happens, the campaign is effectively over.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
The Big Ten now needs Wisconsin to get the job done if it wants a team in the College Football Playoff.
The Badgers can still probably get in if it loses a regular season game but takes the Big Ten championship, but 13-0 makes it a lock.
Of course, now Penn State is out with this loss, and it’s going to need a major miracle to get to Indianapolis.
The loss takes out top seven team, boosts up TCU and Wisconsin, and should turn into a big break for the Pac-12 if Washington finishes 12-1 with a conference championship.