Auburn vs Penn State prediction and game preview.
Auburn vs Penn State Broadcast
Date: Saturday September 18
Game time: 7:30 a.m. ET
Location: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pennsylvania
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Auburn (2-0) vs Penn State (2-0) Match Preview
Why Auburn will win
Let’s not put Auburn in the national championship just yet after beating Akron and Alabama State by a combined 122-10 score, but for a team rebuilding under a new coaching staff, that’s exactly what had to happen.
Bo Nix was brilliant – again, Akron and Alabama State, however – hitting 75% of his passes for 383 yards and five no-pick scores. He’s got both warm-up games to be ready for it, he throws well, and he’s a veteran who won’t be much fazed when playing Happy Valley.
Offense isn’t exactly meant to be there, but defense really seems like a terror all year round. The pass rush has been huge against the lower competition, and nothing has happened against the D run so far.
This is really going to be a good group, and Penn State couldn’t get the new O look in the win over Wisconsin to start the season, but…
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Why Penn State will win
Ball State are a quality restoration team that should be in the mix for the MAC title, and the Nittany Lion offense ripped them apart without a hitch.
Defense isn’t a question mark – Wisconsin couldn’t get past it, and Ball State didn’t get a touchdown until the fourth quarter – but it was the other side that had to show the pop and explosion.
Despite all the problems against the Badgers, a few big down passing plays were a game-changer. Sean Clifford appears to have settled in, the running backs are deep and talented, and the balance should be enough to keep the Tiger’s defensive front on its heels.
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what’s going to happen
How real is Auburn?
Both layup plays didn’t show anything other than it’s Auburn, and there were easy opponents who barely provided a live scrum.
Saturday night at Beaver Stadium, the crowd will be crazy, the Penn State defense will feed on it – they don’t need the juice anymore – and Auburn’s running game will struggle to get started.
But it will be close.
Just as it looks like Penn State is set to take over, Nix will lead the way with a good score. The Nittany Lions will hold out late, but there will be a lot of sweat.
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Penn State vs Auburn Prediction, Line
Penn State 27, Auburn 20
Line: Penn State -6, o / u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
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