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The Michigan State Spartans (5-6) will visit the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2) on Saturday at 4:00 PM ET.
The Nittany Lions are very big favorites (currently -18) in their game versus the Spartans, with the over/under at 52.5 points. (On the moneyline, the Nittany Lions are -1132 and the Spartans are +669.)
Game Info and Betting Lines for Penn State vs. Michigan State
- Game Day: Saturday, November 26, 2022
- Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
- Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
- Stadium: Beaver Stadium
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Penn State Betting Insights
- Michigan State is 5-6-0 ATS this season.
- Michigan State is 1-1 against the spread when an underdog by 18 points or more this year.
- Five of Michigan State’s 11 games with a set total have hit the over (45.5%).
Penn State Stats & Insights
- On defense, Penn State has been a top-25 unit, ranking 23rd-best by surrendering just 323.6 yards per game. The offense ranks 37th (434.5 yards per game).
- Penn State has been a tough matchup for opposing teams, as they rank top-25 in both scoring offense (19th-best with 35.9 points per game) and scoring defense (14th-best with 18.2 points allowed per game) this year.
- On offense, Penn State ranks 43rd in the FBS with 250.4 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defense ranks 47th in passing yards allowed per contest (210.5).
- Penn State sports the 46th-ranked offense this year in terms of rushing yards (184.1 per game), and has been better defensively, ranking 22nd-best with only 113.2 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Penn State ranks 105th in third-down conversion rate this year (35.1%), but has been shining on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 15th-best in the FBS with a 31.0% third-down conversion rate allowed.
- Penn State has forced 21 total turnovers (12th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over 14 times (46th in the FBS) for a turnover margin of +7, the 16th-best in college football.
Penn State’s Best Players
- Sean Clifford has 2,341 passing yards for Penn State, completing 62.4% of his passes and recording 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. He’s also contributed on the ground with 186 rushing yards (16.9 ypg) on 55 carries with five rushing touchdowns.
- Nicholas Singleton has racked up 854 yards on 131 carries while finding the end zone 10 times as a runner.
- Kaytron Allen has collected 748 yards on 135 attempts, scoring nine times.
- Parker Washington’s 611 yards as a receiver pace the team. He’s been targeted 65 times and has totaled 46 catches and two touchdowns.
- Mitchell Tinsley has grabbed 44 passes while averaging 46.8 yards per game and scoring four touchdowns.
- Brenton Strange has been the target of 37 passes and racked up 30 grabs for 345 yards, an average of 31.4 yards per contest. He’s found the end zone five times through the air this season.
- Abdul Carter has collected 4.5 sacks to pace the team, while also recording 6.0 TFL and 44 tackles.
- Ji’Ayir Brown has 58 tackles, 4.0 TFL, three sacks, and three interceptions, and leads the team in both tackles and interceptions.
Michigan State Betting Insights
- Michigan State is 5-6-0 ATS this year.
- In games they have played as at least 18-point underdogs this year, the Spartans are 1-1 against the spread.
- The teams have hit the over in five of Michigan State’s 11 games with a set total.
Michigan State Stats & Insights
- Michigan State is putting up 362.0 total yards per game on offense this season (89th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is giving up 417.1 total yards per contest (102nd-ranked).
- Michigan State ranks 85th in the FBS with 25.2 points per contest on offense, and it ranks 71st with 26.7 points allowed per contest on defense.
- Michigan State ranks 54th in the FBS with 241.0 passing yards per game on offense, and it ranks 86th with 236.8 passing yards allowed per game on defense.
- From an offensive angle, Michigan State is accumulating 121.0 rushing yards per game (105th-ranked). It ranks 99th in the FBS on defense (180.3 rushing yards given up per game).
- Michigan State has been struggling on third down, ranking 23rd-worst with a 43.2% third-down conversion rate allowed per game. It has been more effective on the other side of the ball, regstering a 39.6% third-down rate (61st-ranked).
- After forcing 12 turnovers (101st in the FBS) and turning the ball over 13 times (31st in the FBS) this season, Michigan State sports the 100th-ranked turnover margin of -1.
Michigan State’s Best Players
- Payton Thorne has recored 2,450 passing yards, or 222.7 per game, so far this season. He has completed 63.2% of his passes and has thrown 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
- Jalen Berger has run for 669 yards on 141 carries so far this year while scoring six times on the ground.
- Jarek Broussard has run for 292 yards across 61 carries, scoring three touchdowns.
- Keon Coleman’s 707 receiving yards (64.3 yards per game) are best on his team. He has 50 catches on 82 targets with seven touchdowns.
- Jayden Reed has 49 receptions (on 79 targets) for a total of 600 yards (54.5 yards per game) and five touchdowns this year.
- Tre Mosley has racked up 297 reciving yards (27.0 ypg) and four touchdowns this season.
- Jacoby Windmon paces the team with 5.5 sacks, and also has 3.0 TFL, 48 tackles, and one interception.
- Michigan State’s tackle leader, Cal Haladay, has 102 tackles, 8.0 TFL, and 1.5 sacks this year.
- Windmon has a team-high one interception to go along with 48 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks, and one pass defended.