Penn State vs. Nebraska Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Penn State vs. Nebraska fearless prediction and game preview.
Penn State (8-2) vs. Nebraska (4-6) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, State College, PA
No, it can’t happen, Penn State.
The Nittany Lions would need Ohio State to lose to Illinois and Michigan to get into the Big Ten Championship with an outside shot at the College Football Playoff. But they can cement a nice New Year’s Six spot for the second year in a row by beating Nebraska and Maryland.
The team bounced back from the tough losses at Ohio State and Michigan State with a workmanlike win over Rutgers, and now it’s time to close strong.
And drive the nail into the coffin of the Mike Riley era.
Here’s the crazy thing about Riley’s status with the Huskers: he has two games to turn the narrative completely around.
The four losses in the last five games are a wee bit of an issue, and the meltdown against a bad Minnesota team in a 54-21 loss might have been the final straw, but beat Penn State, beat Iowa, go bowling, and the reports of his demise might have been greatly exaggerated.
One Reason Why Penn State Will Win
Alright, Saquon Barkley. Enough is enough.
He’s been excellent, and he’ll end up in New York as a Heisman finalist, but … no. He’s not winning this thing after so many dud rushing games. However, in his final game in State College – of course he’s turning pro; he has to – this is when he goes off.
He’s still a touchdown machine, and he’s still an obvious elite talent, but he’s run for 100 yards once in the last six games. And why? Everyone focuses on stopping him first, and he’s getting bottled up.
And then Trace McSorley is coming though.
Brilliant against Rutgers, he hit 76% of his passes, and other than the three interceptions against Michigan State he’s been sharp.
Nebraska’s defense won’t be able to handle Barkley or McSorley.
One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win
The Penn State offensive line allows way, way too many plays behind the line.
Part of that is because defenses sell out to stop No. 26, but Nebraska is third-to-last in the nation in tackles for loss. This is the weekend to bring the house.
The Huskers have nothing to lose at this point. They have to hope for one of the quarterbacks to catch fire – Tanner Lee and Patrick O’Brien combined to throw for 311 yards against the Gophers – and they have to keep pressing on both sides of the ball.
The O line might have melted down against Minnesota, but overall it’s been fine. It has to give the quarterbacks enough time to work, and it has to hope that this is the day Penn State starts turning the ball over like it did against MSU.
It’s going to take a few breaks, and the Huskers have to capitalize on all of them.
What’s Going To Happen
For men of a certain age, memories of a wonderful back-to-back series in 1981 and 1982 – both Penn State wins – might bring back a few nice moments for the two programs, but one side just isn’t there.
Oddly enough, Nebraska is 3-0 against Penn State since joining the Big Ten, and has won the last four in the series. That stops here.
It’s uh-oh time for a Husker team that got ripped up for over 400 rushing yards with nine yards per carry against the Gophers. Barkley will go nuts, the offense will go crazy, and in the last home game of the year – on Senior Day – Penn State will be able to call its number.
Penn State vs. Nebraska Prediction
Penn State 48, Nebraska 16
Penn State -26, o/u: COMING
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