Penn State hopes to surprise 5th ranked Michigan State

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 28, 2015 7:38 AM

FILE PHOTO: Penn State's Christian Hackenberg lines up a pass against Indiana on Saturday Oct. 10, 2015 at Beaver Stadium. Shane Dunlap - For The York Daily Record/ Sunday News(Photo: Shane Dunlap)

(Undated) -- Penn State is hoping to play the role of spoiler in its final regular season game of the year this afternoon.

The 7-4 Nittany Lions are on the road against fifth-ranked Michigan State.

Coming off a win over Ohio State, the 10-1 Spartans can claim the Big Ten East title, secure a spot in the Big Ten championship game and stay in the hunt for a playoff spot for the national crown with a win over the Nittany Lions.

Penn State coach James Franklin says his team has something to play for as well.

"We've got a chance to win eight games in the regular season. We've got a chance to go into a bowl," he says. "We've got a chance to continue to do special things on the field and continue to build our program and our culture."

But, Franklin notes Penn State has its work cut out for it, since it's facing one of the top defenses in the country.

"They've been number one, number two, number three in almost every defensive category in our conference, as well as in the country," he says. "The last couple of weeks, they've had some people do some things on them. But, you look at the type of defensive team they've had all year long...that's a good team."

The Nittany Lions fell to 10th ranked Michigan last week 28-16 and were trounced by the Spartans last year 34-10 at Beaver Stadium.

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, who's been nursing an injury, is listed as a game-time decision.

Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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