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Penn State vs. Auburn: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, prediction, pick, spread, football game odds

Penn State vs. Auburn: Prediction, pick, spread, football game odds, live stream, watch online, TV channel

One of the most exciting early-season matchups in college football this season goes down on Saturday as No. 22 Penn State will serve as the first Big Ten team to ever play at Auburn. Both squads enter the game with records of 2-0, but an argument could be made that this will be Auburn’s first real test of the season. While Penn State opened its year with a road game against conference foe Purdue, Auburn has played games against Mercer and San Jose State. To be blunt, however, it has not been the most impressive 2-0 start you’ll ever see. Saturday’s game against Penn State will be an excellent time for the Tigers to prove to the country — and themselves — that they can compete in the SEC this season.

As for the Nittany Lions, considering how mediocre the overall results have been the last two years, a 2-0 start is the ideal scenario. Still, as last season proved, it doesn’t mean anything yet. The Nittany Lions were 2-0 last year with a road win over Wisconsin under their belt before taking on Auburn in Week 3. The Nittany Lions won that game to improve to 3-0 and would reach 5-0 before losing six of their last eight games.

Let’s break down what to expect from this game, along with picks straight up and against the spread. 

Penn State vs. Auburn: Need to know

Penn State won last year’s meeting: Saturday’s contest will be only the forth all-time between Penn State and Auburn, but it’s the second year in a row they’ve played. The Nittany Lions won last year’s game 28-20, but a lot of that game’s key players won’t be there this weekend. Penn State QB Sean Clifford returns after throwing for 280 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s game, but his favorite target, Jahan Dotson (10 catches, 78 yards, TD), is gone. So is Jaquan Brisker, whose late-game pass deflection helped seal the win. For Auburn, last year’s starting QB Bo Nix is now at Oregon, and the team’s leading receiver that night, Kobe Hudson, transferred to UCF. However, running back Tank Bigsby is back, and the Tigers will likely lean on him in the run game because …

Auburn QBs have a 4-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio: T.J. Finley won the offseason QB competition over Zach Calzada, but he hasn’t done much to hold onto the job through the first two games. He threw only 14 passes in the season-opener against Mercer, but two of them were intercepted. At least he had a touchdown in the game, which cannot be said about his performance…

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