No. 7 Utah (10-3, Pac-12) vs No. 9 Penn State (10-2, Big Ten), Jan. 2, 5 p.m. ET
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Matt Rhule said he had plenty of options after he got fired by the Carolina Panthers. He could have taken a year off from football or worked in television.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — This is what Sean Clifford came back for. The atmosphere, the camaraderie and most importantly, the wins.
Penn State’s four-year starter, who opted to return for his sixth and final collegiate season, threw four touchdown passes to lead the No.
Michigan State (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) at No. 11 Penn State (9-2, 6–2 Big Ten, No. 11 CFP), Saturday, 4 p.m. EST (FS1)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Penn State by 18½.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin has been around long enough to know that it’s simply natural for a team’s collective energy level to fade this late in the season.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Caleb Williams passed for a career-high 470 yards, Austin Jones rushed for a season-high 120 yards and No. 7 Southern California beat No. 16 UCLA 48-45 on Saturday night to reach the Pac-12 Championship game.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — James Franklin picked up his 100th career coaching victory by seeing No. 11 Penn State make big plays in every phase of the game.
Sean Clifford ran for a touchdown and threw for another and the Nittany Lions scored twice on fumble returns and once on a kickoff return in beating Rutgers 55-10 Saturday.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, Rutgers has found it just doesn't do too well against some teams.
The obvious is No. 2 Ohio State, who has beaten the Scarlet Knights nine times, including this season's 49-10 tilt.
No. 11 Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten, No. 11 CFP ) at Rutgers (4-6, 1-6), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST (BTN)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Penn State by 19 1/2.
Things to watch during Week 12 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Illinois (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) at No. 3 Michigan (10-0, 7-0, No. 3 CFP)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Of all the teammates and opponents Penn State safety Ji’Ayir Brown has lined up with and against over the years, none has caught his eye quite like Abdul Carter.
The more Carter plays, the more Brown’s initial impression is confirmed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Miyan Williams rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury late in the first half, C.J Stroud threw five TD passes and No. 2 Ohio State buried Indiana 56-14 on Saturday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — When the finger-pointing began on the other side of the line of scrimmage, defensive end Chop Robinson knew he and his teammates had Maryland broken.
Maryland (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) at No. 14 Penn State (7-2, 4–2, No. 14 CFP), 3:30 p.m. EST (FOX)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Penn State by 10 1/2.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Maryland coach Mike Locksley reminded his players this week that their annual trip to Penn State is not a rivalry game. It’s been too one-sided to look at it that way.
“Obviously, we have to compete a little better to get it to that point,” Locksley said.
Indiana (3-6, 1-5 Big Ten) at No. 2 Ohio State (9-0, 6-0), Saturday, noon EST (Fox)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Ohio State by 39 1/2.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton gave No. 16 Penn State a knockout ground game Saturday.
The combination was too much for Indiana.
Allen ran for 86 yards and a season-high three scores, Singleton added 73 yards rushing and another touchdown and the two freshmen helped the Nittany Lions rout the Hoosiers 45-14.
Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Allen intends to keep No. 16 Penn State guessing.
He might stick with Connor Bazelak as the starting quarterback. Allen could go with experienced backup Jack Tuttle, who plans to transfer at the end of the season.
No. 16 Penn State (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) at Indiana (3-5, 1-4), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC)
Line: Penn State by 14, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has suspended four players for their role in roughing up Michigan players in a stadium tunnel after losing the game.
Spartans coach Mel Tucker announced Sunday night that linebacker Tank Brown, safety Angelo Grose, defensive end Zion Young and cornerback Khary Crump were suspended immediately.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's win over No. 16 Penn State added to the body of evidence that this could be the most complete Buckeyes team in years.
It also showed the No. 2 Buckeyes can find ways to win on the road, even when their usually prolific offense is slow to get going.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — J.T. Tuimoloau had a strip sack to set up No. 2 Ohio State for a touchdown and then had a pick-6 for the Buckeyes, who scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to erase a deficit and beat No.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State players roughed up Michigan defensive back Ja’Den McBurrows in the Michigan Stadium tunnel following their game Saturday night.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — For the final act in a spectacular performance, J.T. Tuimoloau kept a blocker from cutting his legs, reached up and grabbed a pass intended for a receiver a few yards behind him and casually cruised into the end zone to seal an Ohio State victory.
No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at No. 13 Penn State (6-1, 3-1), Saturday, noon EDT (Fox)
Line: Ohio State by 15 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Day spends the 48 hours before a game drawing up contingency plans.
Ohio State’s coach wants his team to be ready for anything.
“We say sometimes you’re chasing ghosts, but I’ve been in games before where we didn’t chase those ghosts and we didn’t have answers and that’s not a good feeling,” Day said.
Things to watch during Week 9 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at No. 13 Penn State (6-1, 3-1)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Penn State coach James Franklin acted as a “ringleader” when the No.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A week after the worst game of his six-year career, a smattering of boos rang out from the 107,000 fans clad all in white when Sean Clifford was announced as Penn State’s starting quarterback.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Freshman quarterback Cade Klubnik rallied No. 5 Clemson to two fourth-quarter touchdowns after replacing mistake-prone starter DJ Uiagalelei and the Tigers won their ACC-record setting 38th straight game at home, 27-21, over No.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State players gathered around one big screen to watch their worst mistakes on repeat.
They don’t intend to take anymore beatdowns like the one they took at No. 4 Michigan last week.
Minnesota (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 16 Penn State (5-1, 2-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Penn State by 4, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ohio State and Michigan are making the Big Ten look like the Big Two and Little 12, rekindling memories for some of Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler turning the chase for a conference championship into a two-team race.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's massive offensive line opened huge holes and its speedy running backs took full advantage.
Donovan Edwards ran for a go-ahead, 67-yard touchdown and Blake Corum had a 61-yard run for a score on consecutive snaps in the third quarter as the fifth-ranked Wolverines pulled away and beat No.
No. 10 Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 5 Michigan (6-0, 2-0), Saturday, noon ET (Fox)
Line: Michigan by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 7 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 5 Michigan (6-0, 3-0)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 5 Michigan has taken advantage of a favorable schedule, starting strong in its quest to win consecutive Big Ten titles for the first time this century.
The Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) are undefeated after beating lesser opponents by an average of 31.7 points.
Second-year coach Bret Bielema and his Illinois football team are achieving at a rate not seen in the program in a long time. A very long time in some cases.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Sean Clifford spent last week getting a head start for what he expects will be his biggest test of the season.
The extra week of practice and film study aside, Penn State’s sixth-year quarterback has something else going for him as the No.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After Bryce Young was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, No. 2 Alabama turned to Jahmyr Gibbs and backup quarterback Jalen Milroe to pull away from No.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — As rain pounded the field during warmups, Penn State’s PJ Mustipher found himself in his natural element.
Frolicking shirtless, the 320-pound defensive tackle high-stepped and skipped, grinning ear-to-ear as he kicked up grass and dirt an hour before No.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin realizes it’s a luxury to have so many serviceable players at his disposal this early in the season. Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is impressed by the numbers.
Northwestern (1-3, 1-0 Big Ten) at No. 11 Penn State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Penn State by 25 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Beer will be available for sale to the general public at Penn State's Beaver Stadium beginning Saturday when the Nittany Lions host Northwestern, the school announced Wednesday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — When he was hired as Penn State’s defensive coordinator last winter, Manny Diaz quickly realized the Nittany Lions were already built to play his style.
Penn State's fast, physical defense can attack from all angles and is designed to take the ball back.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin took a few moments to look over the stats after his team’s latest win.
Franklin’s No. 14 Nittany Lions beat Central Michigan in nearly every column on Saturday, but after Penn State’s 33-14 win, Franklin wasn’t satisfied.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Last season was supposed to be a breakout campaign for Adisa Isaac, but Penn State’s top defensive end spent it on the sideline with a busted ankle.
Now he’s back and his coaches and teammates realize the wait was worth it.
Central Michigan (1-2) at No. 14 Penn State (3-0, 1-0), Saturday, noon ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Penn State by 27 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — There’s nothing special about Nick Singleton’s touchdown celebrations. How Penn State’s true freshman running back gets there is something different.
Through three games, Singleton has been the flashiest player on the field.
The Big Ten's tradition of producing elite running backs is alive and well.
The conference features the nation's top two rushers in Illinois' Chase Brown and Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim, and four others are running for better than 100 yards per game.