Nittany Lions enter must-win territory

Written by Craig Rhodes | Nov 4, 2017 7:00 AM

(AP Photo/Chris Knight, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Penn State head coach James Franklin, holding his younger daughter Addy Franklin, on his shoulders with his wife Fumi Franklin, left, holding their older daughter Shola Franklin, and athletic director Sandy Barbour, right, sing the school alma mater after defeating Michigan State 45-12 in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. No. 7 Penn State faces No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday.

(East Lansing, MI) -- The 7th -ranked Penn State Nittany Lions are on the road again this week against another dangerous Big Ten East opponent.

Kick off is scheduled for noon today with the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing.

The Land Grant Trophy is at stake as both teams are looking to bounce back from their first conference losses of the season.

The Lions lost a one-point heart breaker at Ohio State last week while the Spartans went three overtimes in their loss at Northwestern.

Quarterback is a feature position for both teams. 

Penn State's Trace McSorley is second in the Big Ten in total offense averaging 297 yards per game.  He's thrown for 16 touchdowns and run for 8 more.

Michigan State's Brian Lewerke ranks just behind McSorley in total offense and has thrown for 14 scores.

Both teams also feature solid defenses.

The Lions still rank second in the Big Ten in points allowed per game while the Spartans are first in the conference against the rush.

The all-time series record between the two teams is tied 15-15-1.

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